Interfaith service to remember those who died from cancer

St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is hosting its annual Interfaith Memorial Service Sunday, July 26, 8:30 a.m.

Registration for the event at Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport begins at 8 a.m. The event is free of charge, open to all, and will celebrate the lives of family members and friends lost to cancer.

The Memorial Service seeks to remember and carry on the spirit of those who have died from cancer. The service is sponsored by Miriam Raubvogel in memory of her sister Linda Waterman and the Waterman family.

Prayer, musical tributes, inspirational readings by St. Vincent’s leadership and oncology staff, and refreshments will be included. Davis Curtis, Pipe Sergeant in the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band, will be escorted by the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, Connecticut District, who will form an honor guard for the procession of participants.

The event will also feature soloist Tyler Cervini of Trumbull, the Just Voices Chorus and a symbolic candle-lighting ceremony.

A highlight of the service will be the reading of the names of the deceased, followed by participants scattering sunflowers from a boat into Long Island Sound. The sunflower, representing life has become the symbol of the Memorial Service over the years.

Refreshments will be served after the service. The event will be held rain or shine.

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