PORT HENRY — Tom and Luci Carpenter are proposing the Lake Champlain Memorial Garden and Angel of Hope Monument for an area behind Moriah Town Hall here.
The Moriah couple lost their son, Brian, in an automobile crash in 2005.
“The Lake Champlain Memorial Garden and Angel of Hope Monument is being created to become a peaceful place for grieving parents, families and friends of children who have died, before or after birth, young or old, to mourn, heal and remember their loved one,” Mrs. Carpenter said by email.
“The Memorial Garden and Angel of Hope Monument is for anyone wishing to dedicate a memory to a child that has passed.
"The angel and garden represent hope, peace and sanctuary for all who have lost a loved one, child to adult.
"After all, we are all someone's child.”
The garden will be a place of healing, solace and quiet reflection for families, friends and community, she said.
Mrs. Carpenter hopes that work on the garden will start next year.
“We are just getting started with the fundraising," she said.
The announcement follows on the heels of dedication of the Children's Memorial Healing Garden in Willsboro, which also has a Christmas Box Angel statue.
And the garden in Port Henry will look very similar to that one, Mrs. Carpenter said.
"We have the space, now we are starting work on the first phase of getting the memorial and having landscaping design done.”
She said they had been looking for a place to locate the garden for the last three years.
“Through the generous donations of family, friends and community to the Brian T. Carpenter Memorial Fund, (Moriah Supervisor) Tom Scozzafava and the Moriah town board, this project is now becoming a reality.”
BASED ON BOOK
Mrs. Carpenter said the Angel of Hope monument is a replica of the angel statue in the book “The Christmas Box.”
The book, written by Richard Evens, is the story of a mother’s grief and eventual solace over the loss of her child.
“It (the garden) will be created and funded through donations and fundraising efforts of the Angel of Hope/Memorial Garden Committee.
"The sale of memorial bricks, benches, memorial trees, shrubs and perennial gardens, to be placed in and around the Memorial Garden and the angel statue, will fund the development of the project, as well as the maintenance of the Memorial Garden and Angel of Hope Monument in future years,” Mrs. Carpenter said.
The bricks, benches, trees and perennial gardens will be tributes from family and friends to the memory of a child and will become a permanent part of the garden.
Mrs. Carpenter said 122 such angels exist in various gardens throughout the world, with eight in New York state, including ones in Chazy, Saranac Lake, Willsboro and at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.
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HOW TO HELP
To volunteer for the committee planning the Lake Champlain Memorial Garden and Angel of Hope monument or to make a donation, call Luci Carpenter at 572-6427.