Dec. 6 candlelight vigil to remember children lost

Staff Report

Area families are invited to attend the Angel Statue of Hope Candlelight Vigil and Remembrance Ceremony at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Angel Statue of Hope in Waterside Park at the corner of East State and Water streets in downtown Rockford. This year marks the 12th anniversary of the ceremony, held annually to help heal and comfort those who have lost a child.

The inspirational program features vocalist Jodi Beach, testimonials, and a time for reflection. Families are encouraged to bring a single white flower to place at the base of the statue.

The bronze Angel Statue is dedicated to the memory of children who have died — during pregnancy, as infants or as older children. Since it was erected in Rockford in May 2003, the Angel Statue of Hope has provided a comforting place for families to mourn and heal.

Carved at the angel’s base are the following words:

Forever in Our Hearts,

With hope in her wing, may anyone who has ever felt

the loss of a child find this place to mourn and heal.

Call (815) 971-4141 for more details.

From the Dec. 3-9, 2014, issue

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