On October 4, 2008, the Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP dedicated an Angel of Hope
Statue in the Washington Park Botanical Garden. The warm sunshine and memories of
beloved children drew nearly 700 people to this special event. After Springfield Angel of
Hope, NFP President Doug Reynolds welcomed attendees, he and Vice President Elise
LoBue unveiled the Angel of Hope Statue for the first time.
Dr. Wayne P. Hoffman, Senior Pastor at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, provided the
opening and closing prayers, while guest speakers Lisa Johnson from Christmas Box
House International in Salt Lake City and city officials
touched on the significance of Springfield's angel statue. Remarks highlighted the
healing power of the Angel of Hope Statue, the natural beauty of the Springfield angel
site, the tremendous community support for the angel statue, and the importance of the
angel statue to our central Illinois community. Thirteen-year-old Jordan Lucore read a
touching poem she wrote about what the Angel of Hope Statue means to her and what it
would have meant to her twin brother Alex, now honored at the angel site. The children's
choir from Our Savior's Lutheran Church spoke for all of the children remembered that
day with the song, "Jesus Loves Me."
The dedication ceremony ended with the release of white doves in honor of the love we
feel for our children, the peace we know they have found, and the hope the angel statue
represents. The speakers' remarks, children's song, dove release, Carillon music, and
brilliant sunshine combined for a wonderful welcome of the Angel of Hope Statue to the
natural peacefulness of Springfield's Washington Park Botanical Garden. As speaker Lisa
Johnson observed, "It's as though she has always been here." This honored event will be
remembered by many as a day of hope, healing, peace and remembrance.