A community choir will help lead music at the annual Christmas Candlelight Worship Service to be held Tuesday. While voices are still needed, no auditions are required. Singers need only to gather at 5:15 p.m. at the Margaret and Stuart Coleman Plaza in front of the Depot Civic and Cultural Center,
The Military and Family Support Group is coordinating the program scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the plaza. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to Adams Street Community Center - but without the candles.
Organizers said all area families who have lost loved ones while they were serving in combat will be recognized during the service, but a family representative needs to sign up by calling program coordinators as soon as possible. Those who call will be added to the roll to be read during the service.
In recent years, the families of men with local connections who were killed while serving in the Iraq war have received special recognition, but planners decided it is time to honor others as well.
“We feel it is important the sacrifice these military made for our country not be forgotten,” coordinator Joyce Leidig said.
The service, planned by local ministers and the support group, is designed to offer prayers for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard and their families, as well as for world peace and for those who are devastated by war, Leidig said.
Candles will be available, put those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs if they need a place to sit.
Families who call Leidig or Eric Evans, who are coordinating the program, will have special seating accommodations, Leidig said.
The phone numbers for families to call to ensure recognition of their loved ones who were killed in combat are 784-5014 and 646-0884.
Anyone with family serving in the military or who is interested in supporting the military is welcome to attend.