April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and various events are being held in Lewis County.
Monday, March 26 was designated by the Lewis County Commission as the 12th annual Lewis County Children's Memorial Flag Day. A flag-raising event took place at the Lewis County Courthouse.
Folks may notice the special flag, which is not only flying at the courthouse, but also will be featured at some local schools during April. The flag's blue figures on a red background represent children who have been victims of mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. The figure in a white outline represents a missing child, or a child who has died as a result of a preventable trauma.
Besides the flag-raising event, other activities for National Child Abuse Prevention Month will include community baby showers.
Local Family Resource Network offices have partnered with the West Virginia Wesleyan College nursing students and local service agencies and businesses to host the showers.
One baby shower will begin at 10 a.m. April 14 at the Broad Street United Methodist Church. Anyone who is pregnant or has a child up to 1 year of age can preregister for the event by calling 304-269-4000.
On April 19, a program and luncheon will be hosted to thank first responders who deal with child trauma and to remember the children lost to such cases.
Later in the month, as a sign of hope during the spring, the county's Head Start children will conduct a Celebration for Children on April 25 at a local farm.