SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) - The Sumrall Mayor keeps her angel close to her heart, just like many others in Sumrall.
"I bought one for my brother that had been killed in a car accident and his angel is hanging right outside," said Sumrall Mayor Gerolene Rayburn. " It's special to me"
The angels go up around Thanksgiving and light up Main Street in Downtown Sumrall until New Years. Each one of the 47 angels symbolizes a loved one that was lost.
"Since they are no longer with them this is just a way to remember them at this special time of the year," said Rayburn
According to the mayor, the tradition began during the holidays in 1999 after Sumrall parents came together to purchase angels for 20 teens who had premature deaths. Since then, angels have been purchased for the young and old.
"The rest have been purchased since," said Rayburn.
All angels are illuminated every night during the holiday season. Another angel was added this year in loving memory of another that was lost.