The Greater Portland Area Chapter, Parents of Murdered Children opened the memorial celebration welcoming all the attendees. The cold and windy weather did not keep anyone away. Emphasis was on the importance of the support the chapter shows, bringing public awareness to the horror of homicide and the aftermath of the homicide for the co-victims.
The keynote speaker was Rosemary Brewer, Executive Director for the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center. Rosemary advocates for homicide co-victims by going to parole hearings and helping to keep dangerous inmates from being released.
Nearly 600 names on the memorial wall were read, as well as names to be added to the new wall that is being planned. A special moment this year was the reading of the police officer's names who were murdered in the line of duty from Oregon and Washington since 2009.
The Chapter members thank everyone who helped support this annual event. Without the help and support from the community and everyone who attended, there would be no "Day of Remembrance."