Out of the Darkness
The tenth annual Hampton Roads' Out of the Darkness Community Walk was held recently at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach. Every year, this massive event serves as a day of awareness, education, and remembrance for those who have lost their battles with depression.
Evan Collins, top. David Meyer, bottom. Pictures of lost sons on the Memory Wall, where people can hang pictures and other memorabilia of their lost loved ones.
A color guard from every branch of military service was present at the Walk
Steve and Kym Bach
A new feature at this year's walk was the Names Remembered List. A list of the names of those lost to suicide is read during the program. If someone's loved one wasn't read, they could add their name to this list.
Pam and Mick Meyer, who lost their son David
One thousand cranes are hung across the walk's starting point. Walkers walk through them to signify the start of the Walk around Mt. Trashmore.
Curtain of Cranes right before the walk started
From left: Dave and Jayne Carlson, Steve and Kym Bach, Jason Guglielmini, Kristin Smith, Kasey Smith, and Carmela Aloveros. In front, Kaden Guglielmini.