Hospice holds Lights of Love in Merced

Hinds Hospice of Merced held its Lights of Love holiday observance on Tuesday as an opportunity to remember loved ones.

The group said the lighting’s tree symbolizes a place to mourn, remember and love.

The hospice held the tree-lighting ceremony across from the VFW Hall at the corner of Fifth and Broadway in Atwater.

People could sponsor a light on the tree for $10 to be lit in memory of their loved one, and the names were read during the candlelight ceremony, which included songs, a memorial reading, reading of the names, a candle-lighting and the lighting of the tree.