VERONA, Miss. (WTVA) - Lighting candles throughout the cemetery is a tradition at Lee Memorial Gardens in Verona that has lasted for many years.
Sara Scott Haguewood took time to remember a lost family member Saturday afternoon.
Haguewood said, "We're here because my aunt died when she was in college."
Her aunt was killed in 1987 in an accident. She was a sorority member.
Haguewood said, "She was a Chi O, and I'm a Chi O. And we came, me and my mom and uncle, her brother and sister came to put a candle on her grave."
The Haguewoods were not the only ones lighting candles. Annette Rusoe of Sherman did the same for her brother.
Rusoe said, "I want to remember him for what he did for me. And I miss him still. He's been dead since '86."
Now Lee Memorial has been doing this type of ceremony for many years now.
It's a special time they say for those who want to remember loved ones who are no longer with us this Christmas.
"No, no man we've got plenty. We've still got some more back there in the shop." said Sammy Reed , the manager at Lee Memorial.
Reed said, "Well this is just a service that we offer back for our families. We try to do it the second Saturday in December. We light candles in bags all throughout the cemetery. Then we've got a trailer set up with bags and candles that we offer our families and let them get as many bags as they need and they put them on the graves of their loved ones."
There are over ten thousand grave sites here.
There were 18 hundred bags with candles available for visitors.