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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

December 4, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Christmas tree will be lit by the families of two young men who lost their lives in the Flint River this year. In August, 23-year old DJ Vinson tried with several other men to pull 11-year old Joshua Perry and his brother from the Flint River. The men were able to rescue Perry's brother, but both he and Vinson were pulled under the water and drowned.

On Saturday, their families will come together to light up the Christmas tree downtown. Laurie Farkas said, "Both of those families will be lighting the tree in honor of their two sons this year. It will be their first Christmas without their children and we just thought it would be a nice thing that we could do. That's the true meaning of Christmas is being able to uplift people who really need that at this time of year."

The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 PM on Saturday to kick off the Christmas parade through downtown. You can watch the parade live, right here on WALB.

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