In a little park where Third Avenue curves into L Street, across from the Captain Cook Monument, a small group of dedicated people gathered to hang ribbons during the annual Victims for Justice tree ceremony Monday.
The event at Hostetler Park, home of the Alaska Victims of Violent Crime Memorial, is normally attended by dozens of people. This year, it was livestreamed on Facebook due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eleven ribbons, each a different color and representing a crime, were hung on the tree. Red, white and blue for crimes against those in uniform; black for homicide; yellow for kidnapping; purple for domestic violence; teal for sexual assault; orange for assault; white for hate crimes; mint green for child abuse; green for robbery; red for drunk driving and blue for human and sex trafficking.
About 70 ribbons were individually tied onto the tree on behalf of victims who couldn’t attend the ceremony. The ribbons will remain on the tree the entire year.
Standing near monuments engraved with the names of hundreds of homicide victims, chaplain Diane Peterson said, “Our message this week is to seek justice. Ensure victims rights. Inspire hope.”
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