19th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting ceremony

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Residents from Elk County joined at the courthouse on Sunday night for the third straight year to participate in the 19th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting ceremony in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends. The ceremony recognizes children that have died at a young age. For one hour, beginning at 7 p.m. local time, participants from each time zone light a candle, covering the world in a wave of light. This year's ceremony in Elk County featured songs, poems, heartfelt stories, a luminary and the lighting of a sky lantern.