Kain Memorial re-dedication ceremony set for May 22
The Kain Memorial at William Kain County Park will get 15 new names added to it during its re-dedication on Sunday.
The memorial is dedicated to the memory of the victims who died on York County highways because of alcohol- or drug-related crashes. The re-dedication will be held at 2 p.m. at the park.
This will be the first re-dedication in more than 10 years. The last re-dedication was in 2003.
According to Elaine Miller, member of Kain Memorial Committee, a committee within the York Highway Safety Council, the names added are people who died in drug- and alcohol-related crashes who did not have drugs or alcohol in their system.
“Any loss of a child is a tragedy. When it’s something that was caused by alcohol or drugs, it basically was preventable,” she said.
Miller's son Rodney Miller, fire chief with Loganville Fire Co., was killed by a drunk driver in April 2013 at age 45. His name will be among those added.
She said the committee reached out to families of 22 victims to have their family members' names added to the memorial and received 15 responses.
Miller said for the families involved, the re-dedication process has been heart-warming.
“We’ve been working diligently, trying to get this accomplished for all the families,” she said.
There are currently 62 names on the memorial, and by Sunday there will be 77 names total.
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