The Harford County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will hold its first Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Bel Air in recognition of those killed or injured by drunken drivers.
The vigil, in front of the Harford County Courthouse on Main Street, will be held simultaneously with the National Candlelight Vigil in Chicago and others around the country by local MADD chapters.
Harford County is the only one of Maryland's eight chapters holding a ceremony during National Drunk Driving Awareness Month.
"The courthouse location is important because of the faith victims put in the criminal justice system," said Kimberly Schaffel, president of Harford's MADD chapter.
"And the hope represents hope that this madness will come to an end."
The ceremony will begin with a multi-denominational prayer service led by Rabbi Kenneth Block of Temple Adas Shalom in Havre de Grace, the Rev. Edgar C. Mayse of Churchville Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Frank McFadden of St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Bel Air.
Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly will be the keynote speaker, and the Upper Chesapeake Chorus of the Sweet Adelines International will offer two musical arrangements.
Injured victims and bereaved family members will light candles as the names of those injured or killed by drunken drivers are read aloud during a roll call.
Family members need not be present to have a loved one's name included in the roll call. Anyone who would like to participate can reserve a candle in advance by calling MADD at 676-6233.