Flag dedicated in child abuse victim’s memory

Children’s Memorial Flag Day is a public awareness campaign directing attention to the tragedy of violent child deaths as part of a national initiative to reduce child mortality.

The centerpiece is a red flag, depicting blue, paper-doll-like figures of children holding hands. In the center, the white-chalk outline of a missing child symbolizes the thousands of children lost to violence.

The Children’s Memorial Flag honors each lost child and raises public awareness about the continuing problem of violence against children.

On Tuesday, family members, local residents and organization representatives gathered to remember Katelyn Elaine Riffle, who was born Nov. 1, 2001, and died Sept. 26, 2005, as a result of child abuse. Attending the ceremony were her father, Nicholas, and stepmother, Erica.

The Children’s Memorial Flag will be displayed in front of Elkins City Hall throughout April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.