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Fallen heroes to be honored on base

Memorial tree decorating is Dec. 10

U.S. Army Photo The Fallen Heroes Memorial Tree Decorating event will take place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Survivor Outreach Services Dec. 10.

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Come and join the annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Tree Decorating event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Survivor Outreach Services Dec. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. to hang ornaments in honor of service members who are no longer with us.

The annual event provides an opportunity for survivors and families to pay their respects to loved ones in a warm community event.

“The holiday season is a time that a lot of families grieve,” said Ro Hicklin, JBLM Survivor Outreach Services support coordinator. “It doesn’t matter if their loved ones passed away this year or 20 years ago. It’s important that we give families this chance to come together.”

People interested in coming are encouraged to bring a small photo of their fallen hero. Event officials will provide the ornaments that the photos are placed in.

If you’d prefer to not bring a photo, attendees can also write their loved one’s name and information. The tree will remain on display throughout the holiday season and serve as a constant reminder of their sacrifice.

Hicklin said she also wants people to remember that while the event is very serious, they are still hoping for a positive atmosphere.

There will be face painting, bobbing for apples and other arts and crafts for children. There also will be food and drinks available for those in attendance.

For those interested in attending, visit eventbrite.com and search for “Fallen Heroes Memorial Tree Decorating.” This will allow officials to plan how many supplies are needed.

Although registration is encouraged, it isn’t required.

Hicklin said she is optimistic about the event, citing some of the highlights from previous years.

Whether it’s watching two families connecting or children playing with other children, she believes this event provides a place for people to come together.

“We want our survivors and extended families to know that their loved ones are never going to be forgotten,” she said. “That is why we do this — to support these families.”

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