Dedication Honoring families and remembering victims

October 11, 2017 was a share of remembrance and honor at the Oneida City Park. The Tree of Remembrance was dedicated and Pavers of Remembrance were presented to the families of domestic violence in Scott County. The Scott County Shelter Society along with numerous other organizations, began organizing the event over one year ago when they broke ground at the park and held a ceremony titled “Grounded in Love.” One year later the event themed “Together We Heal” was a success. Many from the community and surrounding communities attended the ceremony to honor and remember families; Jack Lay, Town of Oneida Mayor, and Senator Ken Yager delivered powerful messages on domestic violence; Scott County Mayor and wife Mary Ann Perdue; Nora Monday, Executive Director for Campbell County Family Service Center; and Amber Jones, client advocate for the Scott County Shelter Society. In addition to speakers, Claudia Tillman sang a combination song, “I Will Remember You,” and “Something Beautiful”. The Tree of Remembrance was dedicated and Carl and Sherry Shafer presented pavers and a hug to the families of the victims who have lost their lives tragically to domestic violence. Judy Liming, Executive Director for The Scott County Shelter Society and Master of Ceremonies for the event, spoke with the Scott County News later in the week and said this event was to honor these families who have lost loved ones, remember them, and continue the fight to end domestic violence. The Shelter went back in time to the year 1969 and began finding these families. The Shelter then invited the families and had a paver engraved for them to be presented at the ceremony Liming also believes the ceremony was a part of the healing process for the families of the victims. Hence the theme for the event, “Together we Heal”. “Domestic Violence is a concept like none other. It takes a toll on a family, especially when there is a homicide or suicide involved. It’s just devastating, and their lives are forever changed,” Liming said. She further said, “Just to be able to hug the families, let them know they are still remembered, and even though their loved one is gone we are still fighting, that’s what it’s about.”