The annual Angel of Hope remembrance ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 6, at Lendonwood Gardens to honor lost loved ones, especially children. The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. and includes music, a reading of the Angel of Hope history and an offering of prayers. Light refreshments will be provided by Lendonwood and Grand Wood Assisted Living.

A candlelight ceremony will be held at the Angel of Hope statue at Lendonwood Gardens on Thursday, December 6, at 7 p.m., to remember lost loved ones, especially children. The annual ceremony is open to the public and will take place around the statue, located on the western side of the botanical garden.

“We are honored to host this beautiful event,” said Jim Corbridge, president of the garden’s Board of Directors. “The statue and surrounding garden provide a special place for people to remember and honor those they have lost.  We invite everyone who wishes to participate to join us on this occasion.”

The Angel of Hope statue was placed in Lendonwood as part of a national movement, inspired by the 1993 best-selling novel, “The Christmas Box,” by Richard Paul Evans. As of this year, more than 130 Angel of Hope statues have been erected in the U.S., Japan and Canada, each with an annual commemoration ceremony on December 6.

At Lendonwood, the ceremony will include music, reading of the statue’s history, and an offering of prayers.  White flowers, donated by Annie’s Garden Gate of Grove, will be provided for participants to place at the base of the statue.

Light refreshments will be provided by Lendonwood and Grand Wood Assisted Living of Grove.

Memorial bricks inscribed with personalized messages are installed around the base of the Angel of Hope statue. The inscribed bricks, which are available for $100 each, may be ordered by contacting Lendonwood at 918-786-2938.

Lendonwood, one of 14 botanical gardens in Oklahoma, is a nonprofit organization funded and supported by donations and volunteers.  The garden is open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk.

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