A balloon releasing ceremony set for Wednesday night will honor the memory of a Monroe County boy who drowned at High Falls State Park on Tuesday morning.
The ceremony, set for 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of High Falls, is to remember 12-year-old Christian Burdette.
The church encouraged attendees to wear orange because it was Burdette’s favorite color.
Burdette and his 17-year-old brother, James Burdette, slipped on rocks and fell while trying to cross one of the park’s tallest waterfalls. James survived the fall but had to be rescued by helicopter.
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Both boys attended the church, which is less than a mile from the waterfall.