by Lisa Tome
Valda Rotolo is working to make April 9 a day to remember.
That is the day in which anyone who has died at the hands of another will be honored, celebrated, and recalled.
Once again, Rotolo, Victim/Witness Coordinator for Cecil's State's Attorney's Office, the rest of the staff in the Office of the State's Attorney, and volunteers will host the annual Victim's Memorial Wall and Walk. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Unity Garden of Cecil County Circuit Court, 129 East Main Street, Elkton.
The event is held annually during National Crime Victim Rights Week, this year being celebrated from April 6-12 across the U.S.
Rotolo is already at work adding names and photos to the wall and walk. Victims names and photos are placed on a wall in the courtyard. There is also a walking path with the names of lost loved ones. Often, people attach photos, flowers, or mementos to the wall and on the name placards.
"It will never be at capacity. Once a name is on the wall, it will never be taken off," said Rotolo. "As long as someone died at the hands of others, whether it be a motor vehicle accident or homicide (they can go on the wall)."
Rotolo said the event moves people.
"Sometimes, it's the only time they will say the loved one's name. This gives people a place where they can say the names and remember the individuals," said Rotolo.
There are also grief counselors on site in the event that people want to talk about their loss. There are also domestic violence counselors who turn out to support families.
Kathy Chambers volunteers for the event, in honor of her sister, homicide victim, Terri McCoy. Chambers gets donations from local businesses so that refreshments can be served during this event.
Jeff Pierce of Aberdeen has volunteered to perform live music at this event.
For more information regarding this event, or to have someone's name placed on the wall and walk call 410-996-5342.