CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - In honor of National Victim's Rights Week, Chambers County citizens came together Tuesday night for the 12th Annual Candlelight Memorial service for families of those who have been murdered.
Diane Walden looks forward to National Victim's Rights Week all year, not just because she's organized candlelight memorials for the last 12 years, but the ceremony hits home for Walden as her father was stripped from her life in 1981 in a bank robbery.
The memorial service was full of prayer, song, and a speech from District Attorney E. Paul Jones, then candles were lit to remember those murdered. "It gives them, and me as well, an opportunity to call attention to victim's rights week and it gives me an opportunity to say I'll never forget, that we're always here. It gives us an opportunity to remember our loved ones," says Waldon.
In 1981, the court system decided victims should also have rights in court, before it was just the defendant.
That same year, President Reagan established the National Victim's Rights Week
Many organizations across the country take part in the week and Weldon says she has only one hope for this annual event, "our goal tonight is to have something done or something said that will make a difference to any victim of crime."