GRAYSON – A national organization that advocates for victims of violent crime will hold a public awareness event in September, offering family members an opportunity to share stories of the ones they've lost.

The National Justice and Hope for Crime Victims will be hosting their annual National Day of Remembrance from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7. The event will be at their headquarters at 5201 East Highway, U.S. 60 in Grayson.

“Come join us for a relaxing day as we remember our loved ones,” said Ann Bauers, the national executive director.

Bauers said that a hot dog lunch will be served and the band Southern Rail will be performing. Also singing will be the Honorable Judge Rupert Wilhoit and Attorney Will Wilhoit, said Bauers.

“We will end our day with a balloon launch for our loved ones,” said Bauers. “Everyone is welcome.”

Bauers founded the organization after her son, Brian Keith Waugh, was murdered on July 11, 2003 after he was ambushed by a group of men. Bauers remains close to the troopers at Kentucky State Police who investigated the murder of her son, and assisted with the conviction of his killers. The lead detective on her son's case who is now retired is now a critical part of the organization, making a difference in the lives of others alongside Bauers.

Former detective Rob Garnes, the president of National Justice and Hope said that he poured his heart into each case he ever worked, but Bauers’ friendship and support was a life changer for him.

Garnes said that families and officers working together makes a huge difference in a case. Garnes said Bauers was incredibly involved in her son's investigation and that he recommend more families do that.

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