Children's Flag Day Memorial

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Honoring Child Abuse Awareness Month. It's all about awareness and The City of Parkersburg is doing their part in spreading the word about an important cause.

Friday, city leaders and community members gathered at Bicentennial Park for a special ceremony.

Fourteen children holding white balloons symbolize the number of child deaths in Wood County last year, with ten of those deaths being preventable.

DHHR workers say more needs to be done in our area to protect our children.

"We're the only agency that does the investigation and just to make sure people are aware that kids deserve better," says Laurea Ellis, WVDHHR Social Services Coordinator."

Parkersburg Police Chief, Joe Martin read a proclamation describing what Flag Day means. "Every child has the right to feel safe in a loving environment and in a home free of danger. The effects of child abuse and neglect are felt by the entire community and must be addressed."

The flag is displayed in every county of West Virginia this year. It depicts a line of children holding hands with one child missing.

During the ceremony Friday, a moment of silence was held to remember those who have passed including Erin Greathouse, a former DHHR worker who died earlier this month. Green balloons were released in her honor.

Some special people contributing to the prevention and awareness of child abuse were also honored. Parkersburg lawyer, G. Bradley Frum, Kids First Program creator, Ann Pifer, and Parkersburg Police Officers Chris Morehead and Scott Carpenter were all honored.

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