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Local service to remember children who have died

A Worldwide Children's Memorial Day Candlelight Service will be held Sunday, December 11 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 221 7th Avenue West in Alexandria.

The event is non-denominational. Sign-in and memento arrangement will begin at 6 p.m., with the service starting at 6:30 p.m.

Parents, families and friends are invited to the event, which includes live music, poetry, memories and friendship.

The second Sunday of every December has been set aside as a special day to honor all children who died at any age from any cause.

Candles are lit around the world at 7 p.m. and remain lit until 8 p.m.

Display areas will be set up at the rear of the church for photos and small mementos.

A nursery will be available for all infants and small children during the service.

For information, call Heidi at (320) 859-5660 or Kathy at 763-5781. The event is organized by the M.I.S.S. Infant Loss Support Group and the Alexandria Area Support Group for Grieving Parents of All Ages.