We get to shed months of cold and gloom and be outside in comfort again. Spring is particularly welcome at Calvary Cemetery.
At Calvary, this year’s thaw brings renewed work on the cemetery’s exciting new addition – the Wings of Hope Memorial. This will be a new area of the cemetery dedicated as the resting place for children who are lost in miscarriage.
When the project paused last fall, the walkway pavers and the concrete footing for the memorial had been put in place, and trees had been moved to help screen the area off from the rest of the cemetery. Then landscaping work stopped for the winter.
Last week, Caretaker Terry Miller set up the two pillars that flank the paver walkway entrance from the cemetery roadway. That officially kicked off the project re-start.
Not everything about the project was dormant though. Over the winter, artisan Tom Miller has been working the stone memorial itself – the sculpted image of an infant cradled in angel’s wings. That will be eventually provide the visual centerpiece for the new section.
Plans also include the installation of several granite benches and a wrought-iron fence.
Discussions are underway about the eventual dedication of the new area. Those arrangements will probably be announced prior to Memorial Day.
The members of Project Embrace, the volunteer group spearheading the project, are looking for donations to complete the $25,000 fundraising effort. It’s still possible to “buy” a paver and have the name of a lost loved one engraved into the stone. Tom Miller will soon be engraving the purchased pavers. For more information go to http://wingsofhopemankato.weebly.com.
Tax-deductible donations can also be made to the cemetery for the Wings of Hope project. Simply write your check out to “Calvary Cemetery” and put “Wings of Hope donation” in the memo line.
Remember that you can always call Terry with questions. He can be reached at 507-995-1010.