Community Invited to Annual Angel of Hope Ceremony

All are invited to a ceremony that provides a special opportunity to find support and remember children lost too soon. Tuesday, December 6th, the 11th annual Angel of Hope ceremony will be held at the Vernal Memorial Cemetery. Vernal’s Angel of Hope is one of many around the world based on Richard Paul Evans’ best selling book, The Christmas Box. “In the story,” explains event coordinator Juleena Mansfield, “a bereaved mother often visited and left mementos at her daughter’s grave which had a statue of an angel with Hope written in the right wing. As Mr. Evans’ Christmas tale grew in popularity, he heard that many parents who had lost children began seeking out the statue to find a place of solace and comfort. He commissioned the first statue in 1995 be built and placed in the Salt Lake cemetery. Since then, over 100 statues have been placed in communities throughout the world, including one here in Vernal.” 11 years ago, former Vernal residents Wayne and Pam Merrell brought the statue and ceremony to Vernal in memory of their son who they lost in a car accident when he was only 16-years-old. The annual Angel of Hope ceremony will be held Tuesday at 7:00pm at the Vernal Memorial Cemetery, 1700 South Vernal Avenue. Please dress in warm clothing.

Photo source: www.richardpaulevans.com

Photo source: www.richardpaulevans.com

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