May 24, 2002
MEMORIAL SERVICE SCHEDULED AT
“OUR CHILDREN’S MEMORIAL WALKWAY”
Second Annual Service at Frazier Park on June 15 at 2:00pm
Charlotte, NC – To lose a child is one of the most painful and devastating experiences any parent can go through. But in Charlotte, parents who have lost a child have a place to come together to share stories and lean upon one another for support –
“Our Children’s Memorial Walkway.”
nd Annual Memorial Service at the Walkway is scheduled for
June 15 at
2:00pm. The Walkway is located at Frazier Park, 1201 West Fourth Street, in Charlotte’s Third Ward neighborhood. “Our Children’s Memorial Walkway” and the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department are organizing the memorial service.
The Walkway consists of thousands of bricks, many of which are engraved with the names of children who have died. For $50, a parent, family member, friend or co-worker can dedicate a brick to the memory of a child. Mecklenburg County donated the land in Frazier Park for “Our Children’s Memorial Walkway” and the brick placement, engraving and upkeep is funded through donations.
“Our Children’s Memorial Walkway” was dedicated in 2000 after an eight-year search for a location. It is the brainchild of Skip and Jerry Mudge, a Charlotte couple who lost their two grown children in an automobile accident in 1990. Shortly afterward, they began searching for a location for such a memorial. In 1999, Mecklenburg County agreed to donate the land in Frazier Park for the brick Walkway.
“The memorial service is a way for the entire community to come together and show support for families that have lost a child or loved one,” says organizer Jerry Mudge. “It brings families together to share memories of their children and helps in their healing.” Parents are encouraged to bring a framed picture of their loved ones to share.
Partners in the “Our Children’s Memorial Walkway” include Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Footprints Ministry, Caring Hearts, Hospice at Charlotte, Mothers of Murdered Offspring, and United Family Services Victim Assistance, SIDS Alliance of the Carolinas.