This year, the week’s theme is “Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.” Washoe County has celebrated NCVRW since 1991 and the first annual candlelight vigil was held in 1992.
As a way to remember those whose lives have been touched by crime, a Memorial Quilt project began in 1994. Survivors are still able to add their story to this beautiful piece of history that travels the northern Nevada region. Additionally, a memorial garden at both Rancho San Rafael Park and Sparks Marina have also been developed as a way to continue victims’ rights awareness and provide a peaceful place for reflection.
The 2010 annual candlelight vigil will be held on April 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mills B. Lane Justice Center, 1 S. Sierra St. This event is free and is open to the public. The event also includes a presentation of the annual Bringing Respect and Honor to Victims awards. These awards acknowledge outstanding and remarkable individuals and businesses that have contributed to the betterment for victims of crime in Northern Nevada.
For more information on victims’ rights, ways to remember your loved ones or the candlelight vigil, visit www.allianceforvictimsrights.com or contact Sally Walker at 784-8085.