November 18, 2005
December 11: Memorial Service At Our Children’s Memorial Walkway Will Remember Children Who Have Passed Away
Charlotte, NC - Our Children’s Memorial Walkway will hold a memorial service December 11, 2005 at 3 p.m. in Frazier Park, 1201 West Fourth Street, to remember children who have passed away.
The speaker will be "Jerry" Mudge, founder of Footprints Ministry and Chairman of the Walkway Board. The service is one of two held annually at the walkway. Ms. Mudge says it gives grieving people of all faiths and races the chance to come together in "a place of life," rather than at a cemetery, to remember their loved ones. Special music will be provided by Greg Hurley.
To get to the service: From Cedar Street, take First Street or Greenleaf Avenue at the Panthers’ practice field. Go three blocks west to Frazier Park. Cross the metal bridge to the brick walkway.
Our Children’s Memorial Walkway and garden in Frazier Park was opened in 2001 by a coalition of grief groups in partnership with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. The walkway now contains the names of about 650 children of all ages who died from many causes. Their names are engraved on bricks in the walkway. The bricks were paid for by parents, relatives, friends, or even people who just read of their deaths in the newspaper. About 150 bricks were added in the past year. Ms. Mudge says, "This is a place of love, a healing place where people can sit and remember their children."
Ms. Mudge, who lost two children to an automobile accident, says the walkway provides comfort and a place where children’s names live on. She says an engraved brick, a permanent memorial, may mean more over time than sending flowers to a funeral. Engraved bricks with short memorial messages cost $50 - $100. Brick orders will be taken at the ceremony or by contacting Ms. Jerry Mudge at 704-509-6603.
In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at Ray’s Splash Planet, 215 N. Sycamore Street.