Metro-East News

Angel of Hope ceremony slated for Tuesday night in Belleville

The 15th annual Angel of Hope Memorial Service will be held Tuesday at Bellevue Park.

The event is for parents who have lost a child and people who support them. A candlelight vigil will start at 7 p.m. at the park, located at 48 Bier St. A brief program will be held at the Stone Lodge in the park and will be followed by a candlelight procession to the Angel of Hope statue.

Parents, loved ones and the general public are encouraged to bring flowers to be left at the statue.

Belleville’s Angel of Hope was the 10th angel erected in the United States.

It is an exact replica of the Christmas Box Angel, which was included in the best-selling book written by Richard Paul Evans. The original statue is located in Salt Lake City.

The replicas stand as a symbol of hope for all parents and loved ones that have experienced the death of a child.

For more information about the ceremony, contact Milt Smith at 618-394-1213.