DRYDEN, N.Y. — On Saturday, members of the Dryden community will come together to remember hundreds of people the community has lost for the 2nd Walk to Remember hosted by Lion Legacy.
For the first walk in 2016, participants decorated luminary bags to memorialize more than 200 members of the town that had passed away. They placed the bags along the high school track. This year, at least 350 names will be remembered in a luminary ceremony.
In the ’90s, Dryden was the site of several tragic deaths. In 2013, a group called Lion Legacy formed to recast the town’s legacy as a community of perseverance, not tragedy.
There are no qualifications for someone to be remembered in Saturday’s event. They only need to have been a member of the Dryden community.
The event will go from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Dryden High School Track.
Luminary bags will be sold for $5 each. The sales will help support scholarship awards for two seniors. So far, Lion Legacy has awarded $2,000 to six seniors and there will be another round of scholarships May 31, according to organizer Rhonda Kowalski.
For more information, visit the event Facebook page. Anyone with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured image: File photo of 2016 walk courtesy of Shana Photography.