The event is being organized to allow residents to show support for Ledford, who suffered a heart attack Sunday evening and is now in the intensive care unit at Antelope Valley Hospital.
“Medically, there is nothing that can be done at this point, he’s in good hands,” said organizer Debbie Dino. “I thought, he is so loved by this community that if we came together as faith-based people in a community prayer, that could be the best thing we could do for him at this time.”
Dino said eight church pastors representing various religious organizations in the area will be attending the community prayer vigil.
“I wanted people of all faiths to come and be in unison in praying for their mayor,” she said. “Everyone is invited, it does not matter what religious background you’re from or what your beliefs are.”
Attendees are asked to bring their own candles to the vigil. There will be poster boards for attendees to write notes of encouragement to the mayor.
Dino said family members will take the poster boards to the hospital to Ledford, who knows that the vigil is taking place.
“The mayor has given so much to this community; he tries to attend every single event that he has ever been invited to,” Dino said. “Now it’s time for the community to give back to him.”
City officials have received lots of calls regarding where people can send flowers, cards and donations in support of Ledford.
Cards may be sent to:
Mayor Jim Ledford
Palmdale City Hall
38300 Sierra Highway, Suite A
Palmdale, CA 93550
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that if people would like, they could make a donation to the memorial fund for Nathen Taylor, a former Sergeant in the U.S. Army. After eight years of service that included three tours of duty (twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan), Taylor was killed outside his brother’s home on April 21.
Those wishing to make a donation to the memorial fund for Nathen Taylor can visit any Antelope Valley Bank branch and request to donate funds to the Memorial Fund for Former Army Sgt. Nathen Taylor. Wire transfers or donations from out of state can also be made using the following routing account and savings account numbers – 122003396 (routing #) and 3010473552 (savings acct #).