Many families and friends gathered recently in New Milford to celebrate the memories of lost loved ones.

Officials and volunteers from the New Milford VNA and Hospice, as well as local clergy, greeted an interdenominational audience Nov. 23 to share in a spiritual community remembrance service at First Congregational Church.

The 31st annual service was immediately followed by the traditional lighting of the Tree of Life next door at the Richmond Citizen Center.

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