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Angels illuminate Main Street in Sumrall

Angels line Main Street in Sumrall, each in memory of a lost loved one. Angels line Main Street in Sumrall, each in memory of a lost loved one.
SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) -

An annual tradition in the town of Sumrall continues to grow stronger each year, and it's all in the memory of lost love ones.

Every year, illuminated angels line Main Street Sumrall during the holiday season, each representing a Sumrall resident who is no longer with us. The tradition began in 1999, when families of 22 teenagers who experienced untimely deaths, purchased angels to hang along Main Street in their memory. Today, the number of angels has grown to over forty. Mayor of Sumrall, Gerolene Rayborn, holds the angels close to her heart, with an angel in memory of her brother hanging just outside city hall.

"It's a sad occasion to think about the angels but it's also rewards. And we have been having a memorial every year at the Christmas festival since I've been mayor just recognizing those families that buy an angel for their loved one," says Mayor Rayborn.

The angels go up around Thanksgiving and illuminate Main Street through New Year's Day. Residents interested in ordering an angel for next year need to contact Mayor Rayborn before this coming November.

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