FILE: Walt and Barbara Marcinkowski hold candles as they listen to music Nov. 17, 2013, during a commemorative candle-lighting ceremony sponsored by Memory Matters at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island. The event was for those remembering people in their lives who have been affected by Alzheimer's disease or any type of dementia and was part of the 11th annual National Commemorative Candle Lighting, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Barbara said she attended in memory of her mother, Aurelia Boccalini.
FILE: Walt and Barbara Marcinkowski hold candles as they listen to music Nov. 17, 2013, during a commemorative candle-lighting ceremony sponsored by Memory Matters at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island. The event was for those remembering people in their lives who have been affected by Alzheimer's disease or any type of dementia and was part of the 11th annual National Commemorative Candle Lighting, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Barbara said she attended in memory of her mother, Aurelia Boccalini. Jay Karr
FILE: Walt and Barbara Marcinkowski hold candles as they listen to music Nov. 17, 2013, during a commemorative candle-lighting ceremony sponsored by Memory Matters at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island. The event was for those remembering people in their lives who have been affected by Alzheimer's disease or any type of dementia and was part of the 11th annual National Commemorative Candle Lighting, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Barbara said she attended in memory of her mother, Aurelia Boccalini. Jay Karr

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