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More than 600 butterflies released in honor of lost loved ones

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

St. Bernard’s Advocates held the eighth annual butterfly release Sunday.

The event allows families and friends to memorialize or honor loved ones they have lost.

People gathered in the parking lot below the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House to release the butterflies.

The butterflies were packaged in boxes and all released at the same time.

People purchased and released more than 600 Monarch butterflies this year.

The event also included music, face painting, t-shirt sales, and speeches.

People staying in the hospice house could also enjoy the release.

“We actually pipe sound and then the residents of the hospice house actually get to participate so they will be able to be there, although they can't come down they get to enjoy it." Phillip Evans, butterfly release committee chair, said. "So they will see the butterflies take off at the same time.”

All proceeds from the event go to the hospice house. 

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