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Angel of Hope, Candlelight Vigil

December 6th, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Christmas Box Angel Statue was introduced to the world in the book The Christmas Box, a worldwide bestseller and hit television movie by author Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. Though the story is mostly fiction, the angel monument once existed but is speculated to have been destroyed. The new angel statue was commissioned by Richard Paul Evans, in response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal, and it was dedicated on December 6, 1994-corresponding with the date of the child’s death in The Christmas Box. (Coincidentally, Dec. 6th is celebrated in many parts of the world as Children’s Day). The sculpture is the creation of a father and son from Salt Lake City, Utah, Ortho and Jared Fairbanks, and modeled according to the description in Evans’ book. The face of the angel is that of Evans’ second daughter, Allyson-Danica. If you look closely you can find on the angel’s right wing the word “hope.” On December 6th of each year (7 p.m.) G.A.R. Cemetery will hold our 1st Annual “CHRISTMAS BOX ANGEL” Angel of Hope Annual Candlelight Vigil Ceremony at the location of our Christmas Box Angel "Angel of Hope" monument. After a few remarks, and a moment of silence, the attendees will be invited to leave a white flower at the base of the angel statue. The public is welcome.

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