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Trees of honor, memory colorfully light up night

Trees of light were dedicated for the third year during an annual ceremony held Monday on the campus of Halifax Regional Hospital.

The Tree of Honor represents more than 300 people whose names have been submitted by individuals in the community, according to Stewart R. Nelson, chief financial officer for Halifax Regional Health System.

The Tree of Honor is lit with clear lights to recognize the selfless love, compassion and service those people have offered to the community and beyond.

Patricia F. Thomas, RN, MSN, chief nursing officer for Halifax Regional Health System, said the lighting of the Tree of Remembrance represents more than 700 people whose names have been submitted by individuals in the community.

The Tree of Remembrance is lit with red, blue, green and gold lights to represent the unique legacy each of those people have left behind.

Their distinctive personalities have left important impressions on the lives of many, and they are remembered now and throughout the year for the lives they lived and the love they shared.

Chris Lumsden, president of Halifax Regional Health System, offered opening remarks at the dedication, the Rev. Vance L. Midgett gave a prayer of blessing, and Tom Kluge, chief operating officer for Halifax Regional Health System, gave closing comments.

A violin trio comprised of Margaret Sexton, Shirley Hite and Seth Sexton provided music for the dedication.