BEDFORD, Va. -

People in Bedford gathered Tuesday to remember lives touched by domestic violence.

Bedford Domestic Violence Services held a candlelight vigil to honor and support domestic violence victims and their children.

They held a march and released purple balloons to raise awareness.

The group also recognized community leaders who advocate for and work to protect people in violent situations.

Melissa Kennedy received the "Yancy's Spirit Award" for her work to support domestic violence victims through the Carolyn B. Kennedy Memorial Closet, a clothing ministry created in honor of Kennedy's mother.

Jessica Johnson, chief magistrate for the 24th judicial district, received the "Purple Ribbon Award" for her desire to learn about domestic violence services and work as an advocate.

Lieutenant Todd Foreman with the Bedford Police Department received the "Ruby Award" for his year-round support of Bedford Domestic Violence Services.