The Remembrance Tree, a ribbon ceremony to remember community children who have died, will take place on Sunday, November 22 at 2 pm in the park at the corner of Palmer Avenue and Weaver Street in the Town of Mamaroneck.
The Remembrance Tree became a reality when two families forged a friendship after the deaths of their daughters. John and France Tucker of Mamaroneck lost their daughter Olivia, 27, in 2006 while Yosh and Dawn Moriwaki of Larchmont lost Kaitlyn, 15, in 2004.
The idea of a remembrance tree was born out of a desire to unite other families in the community who had lost children of any age and for any reason and for whom the holidays are especially difficult and for whom there is a need to know that their children are remembered.
In that spirit, there will be an annual event for these families at the Palmer-Weaver park. The families are invited to bring a white ribbon with the name of their child written on it so that it may be tied to a branch of a young “Deodara” evergreen where a “Remembrance Tree” plaque was recently installed. This will be a reminder during the winter holidays throughout the rest of the world that their children’s light continues to shine.