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Moving Memorial heading to Jacobus for Labor Day
Nearly 3,000 names of those killed in DUI crashes in Pennsylvania will be on display in Jacobus on Monday as part of Pennsylvania DUI Association's Moving Memorial.
The memorial is a mobile version of a bigger memorial in Harrisburg called the Memorial Garden, where people can sponsor a brick with the name of a loved one who died in a crash, and the brick will be placed in the garden.
“For people who are in the outlying areas that it's not a convenient drive to Harrisburg … it’s available that they can go around and display all the names of the individuals who actually have bricks in the Memorial Garden,” Kain Memorial Committee member Elaine Miller said.
Instead of a garden, the Moving Memorial has a wall with the names of the loved ones inside a trailer. The trailer will be in the parking lot of Smith Village in Jacobus from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday, during the borough's Labor Day street fair.
Memorial: The Kain Memorial Committee helped bring the memorial to Jacobus, Miller said.
In May, the Kain Memorial, which is dedicated to the memory of those who died on York County highways because of alcohol- or drug-related crashes, added 15 names to the memorial, totaling 72 people.
Miller said because the Labor Day weekend has a lot of drinking and partying, the memorial is a way to remind people not to drink and drive.
“We quickly forget, it’s one of those things that you almost constantly have to be reminding people, not to drink and drive,” Miller 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 is one of the names included in the moving memorial.
Miller said anyone may sponsor a loved one who died from a DUI crash and have their name placed in the garden. The name will eventually be placed in the Moving Memorial as well.
“It kind of overwhelming, when you walk in there and see all of these names," Miller said.
In addition to the trailer, the Kain Memorial Committee will let people wear DUI simulation goggles that simulate different levels of impairment. The committee will also hold a balloon release.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at@YDDornblaser