Victims' rights remembrance coming to Merced's Courthouse Park

Sun-Star staffApril 23, 2013 

Merced County's annual victims' rights ceremony is scheduled for noon Thursday at Courthouse Park, 21st and M streets, in Merced.

The scheduled keynote speaker for the event is Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez.

The event is held to remember the victims of murder or vehicular manslaughter.

Sponsored by the Merced County district attorney's Victim-Witness Assistance Program, the ceremony is scheduled as a part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

During the ceremony, participants will place emerald green ribbons on a special tree dedicated to their loved ones.

The role of National Crime Victims' Rights Week is to remember those who have died from violent crime, but organizers stress that it's also a time to recognize those who have fought to bring awareness to the struggles of victims, survivors and their families.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

The event is free. For more information, call the Victim-Witness Assistance Program at (209) 385-7385.

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