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Sunday, December 9th is National Children's Memorial Day

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Posted: December 7, 2007 6:23 p.m.

RICHLAND, Wash.--The candle-lighting is an international event that begins in Australia at seven o'clock on Sunday, December 9th. As it makes it way towards the United States, Sunset Memorial Gardens will be one of the local sites where candle-lighting will occur.

About an hour before the ceremony, luminaries will be lined up from the beginning of Einan's Cemetery all the way down to the funeral home. It's a remarkable sight says Sunset Memorial Gardens employee, Mike Grace.

"As the time-zones change at one hour increments, it moves around the world, thereby creating a wave of light," says Grace

Grace says Compassionate Friends, an organization helping parents cope with losing a child, helps them as well as other groups in setting up the event.