Bell Ornaments Ring In 30th Tree of Memories

Silver and golden jingle bell ornaments helped ring in the 30th anniversary of the Tree of Memories event Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Green Valley Administration Center.

Nearly 100 community members and NorthBay Healthcare employees joined in the special ceremony honoring loved ones with a reading of names, a slideshow, music and memories. Dr. Terrell Van Aken produced a special slideshow featuring inspirational images, as well as photos of loved ones submitted by family and friends.

A special tribute included a video of a military pinning ceremony for a hospice patient, and volunteers handing out “We Honor Veterans” pins to active duty and retired military in the audience. While a special 30th anniversary ornament was available for a $30 donation to support the Hospice and Bereavement program, all the jingle bell ornaments were complimentary. Guests were invited to write the names of their loved ones on a piece of paper with the ornament and hang them on the tree and pick it up when the ceremony concluded.