Each year the public is invited to attend a candlelight remembrance ceremony on
December 6 at 7 p.m. at the Angel of Hope Statue located in the Washington Park
Botanical Garden. Similar ceremonies will be held at angel statue locations around the
country at this time. The Springfield ceremony lasts about 30 minutes and includes a
brief invocation, a short reading, and a reading of the children's names on the Memorial
Wall. Programs will be available that include the children's names added to the
Memorial Wall in the past year, as well as new donors.
Candles for the ceremony will be provided. Attendees are invited to bring a white flower
to place at the base of the angel statue in memory of their beloved children. The
ceremony is held regardless of weather conditions, and a tent will be available to provide
some shelter from the elements. As no seating is provided, those guests needing to sit are
encouraged to bring a lawn chair.