Memory Gardens' 21st Annual Christmas Celebration and Remembrance

December 17, 2012

For those who have lost loved ones, the holiday season can be especially trying. We may feel sad, empty, and maybe a bit envious of the happiness others enjoy during the yuletide. Memory Gardens helped us rediscover some of that holiday joy with its 21st Annual Christmas Celebration and Remembrance in the Chapel.


The ceremony, which more than 200 people enjoyed on December 14th, is a way for people to remember their loved ones in a cheerful way as the holiday season commences. It also brings together many kindred spirits to share a moment of comfort and fraternity.


The chilly night’s activities kicked off with a heartwarming rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful” by the Colonie Central High School Chorus. The student singers’ performance was made possible by Memory Gardens’ Board Member Cathi Romano. The chorus also delighted the crowd with “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” “Joy to the World”and“Let There be Peace on Earth.” In addition to the vocal treat, those gathered acknowledged a moment of silence for our veterans to the crisp but somber notes of Taps. Trumpeter Omar Williams skillfully delivered his solemn contribution.


Interspersed with the musical performances were the touching words of the Rev. Paul Koehn, pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany NY. The Rev. Koehn passionately recounted the story of the Nativity, and reminded those who have been saddened by death of the many blessings of life.


The event was further brightened by the lighting of Christmas candles Memory Gardens’ staff circulated to the gathered. “Silent Night” filled the air as each candle was lit and hands were held.


As the last candles were snuffed, those attending were invited into the Chapel for refreshments provided by Stewart’s, The Desmond, and the culinary art students at the Capital Region BOCES.


The 2012 Christmas Celebration and Remembrance was dedicated to the memory of Memory Gardens Board Director Kathryn Prividera.


Anyone interested in donating toward next year’s event should send their contribution to Memory Gardens at 983 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12205. Or call (518) 869-9506.

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