Lexington Park, MD—On Sunday, Nov. 27, the public was invited to attend the 15th Annual Silent Angel Memorial, which was held at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department social hall in Lexington Park.
Eileen Bildman founded the Silent Angel Memorial in 2002 after her son Kevin was murdered in St. Mary’s County in 2001.
“With the loss of my son came the opportunity to give back to the community, as my son would have wanted. I want to thank everyone for your continued support,” said Bildman.
According to the Silent Angels mission statement, “It is our goal to bring families together with a memorial that will provide comfort and support to the survivors of homicide.”
“The holidays are tough; holidays remind us of the voids that exist. Holidays are times where families come together. Therefore they remind us of those we have loved and lost,” said Congressman Steny Hoyer [D-MD 5th District].
The memorial is a partnership with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, which is a combined investigative unit of personnel from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police.
“This is truly an honor to be here with you. This is a bittersweet memorial. I think it is probably one of the best things that the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is involved in because it is bittersweet. This is a reminder of what we do and why we do it,” said St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron.
The families of homicide victims place an ornament on a Christmas tree. Each angel ornament has the name of the victim, and the date they became a silent angel.
Many of the speakers expressed great appreciation for the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department for allowing this event to be hosted at their venue.
A new website has recently been created for the Silent Angels Memorial. It can be viewed at http://thesilentangels.org/
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