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Port Henry monument to honor deceased children

Garden, park to be constructed at town hall

Luci and Tom Carpenter of Moriah, whose son Brian died in a car accident in 2005, are leading the effort to create a Lake Champlain Memorial Garden & Angel of Hope Monument. It will be located at the Moriah town hall, Park Place, Port Henry.

Luci and Tom Carpenter of Moriah, whose son Brian died in a car accident in 2005, are leading the effort to create a Lake Champlain Memorial Garden & Angel of Hope Monument. It will be located at the Moriah town hall, Park Place, Port Henry.

— A garden and park will be constructed in Port Henry for families who have lost a child.

Luci and Tom Carpenter of Moriah, whose son Brian died in a car accident in 2005, are leading the effort to create a Lake Champlain Memorial Garden & Angel of Hope Monument. It will be located at the Moriah town hall, Park Place, Port Henry.

“For the past three years we have been searching for just the right spot to dedicate to the Memorial Garden and Angel of Hope Monument,” Luci Carpenter said. “Through the generous donations of family, friends and community to the Brian T. Carpenter Memorial Fund, Tom Scozzafava and the Moriah town board, this project has now becoming a reality.”

The Angel of Hope Monument is a replica of the angel monument inspired by 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.

“The Lake Champlain Memorial Garden & 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,” Carpenter said. “This is for everybody. 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. “The Memorial Garden & Angel of Hope Monument is for anyone wishing to dedicate a memory to a child that has passed.”

The Carpenters are forming a committee to help with the project. Committee members will assist in fund raising, design, promotion and other areas. Interested people can call Luci Carpenter at 572-6427.

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