Preserving The Memory Of Lost Cats

A tree lighting ceremony at a New York cemetery helps people honor beloved pets.

Posted: December 19 2007 2 a.m. EDT

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More than 150 people are expected to attend an annual tree lighting ceremony at the Hartsdale Pete Cemetery and Crematory in Westchester, N.Y., on Dec. 23 to honor the memory of lost pets this holiday season. People are encouraged to participate with their pets and requested to bring packaged pet food and clothing that will be donated to local animal shelters in Westchester and Rockland counties.

“I can’t tell you how many people look forward to this annual event,” Edward Martin, Jr., the cemetery’s director, said. “We’ve been doing this for 20 years now. It’s our way of helping keep the memory of pets alive. We have people come year after year.”

Click here for more information about Hartsdale Pet Cemetery and the tree lighting ceremony.

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Ellen    Attleboro, MA

12/20/2007 12:22:46 AM

It's really nice that folks have a special event to pay tribute to their lost fur friends~

Marsha    Colorado Springs, CO

12/19/2007 6:15:30 AM

To many people, pets are family. So holidays without them can be sad for some. It is nice that there is a way to formally pay tribute to our furry little friends who are no longer with us.

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