Families at vigil recall children who have died

Pacheco Park crowd joins candle lighting in global observance

Staff ReportsDecember 13, 2012 

Scores gathered in Pacheco Park on Sunday, lit a candle and remembered a loved one at an annual event.

The Compassionate Friends holds the Worldwide Candle Lighting every December to remember children who have died. Hundreds of thousands of people participate worldwide, according to the group's website.

The first candle is lit in New Zealand and ceremonies continue in each progressive time zone, to signify a 24-hour vigil.

In Los Banos, tears flowed as the scores of people watched a PowerPoint presentation featuring photos of the late children.

The Worldwide Candle Lighting started in the United States in 1997 as a small Internet observance, according to the group's website.

-- Thaddeus Miller

— Thaddeus Miller

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