National Memorial for the Unborn
Across our nation, millions of women and men experience an unresolved and often undefined grief, associated with the loss of a child to abortion. This pain often increases with time and life changes. The Memorial features a fifty foot granite “Wall of Names” which holds small brass plates with words of remembrance placed by mothers, fathers, and other family members from all over the country. The Memorial also includes the original painting “I Will Hold You In Heaven,” historical markers, and a Remembrance Garden
Garden of Hope Memorial – Where Mercy Meets Hope
Founded in 2001, the original Garden of Hope was placed in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Its primary purpose is to provide a place of grieving and healing for those impacted by an abortion decision. The Garden was generated from a Christian world view whose basic tenets include repentance, forgiveness, acceptance and wholeness. At the center of the Garden a life-size bronze sculpture stands. It depicts Jesus tenderly holding the baby of the woman sitting next to Him. There is great connection as the figure of Jesus leans in to “hear the heart” of the grieving woman. Throughout the Garden boulders have been placed. Each is engraved with words from the Bible explaining sure promises of God.
A Cry Without a Voice
Krissi Rutledge Vasquez was a young woman at Southeastern Bible College in 2004 who began to think of the ‘silent’ war which is ravaging lives in our ‘Homeland’ everyday. She saw that as men and women risk their lives for our freedom, it is those ‘freedoms’ that are ending unborn life. She began to collect 3500 baby shoes to display on the Washington, DC Mall to show how our nation’s children’s ‘destiny’s’ are affected by abortion. The baby shoes are tagged by Mother’s, Father’s, Siblings, and friends in memory of actual children lost to abortion. Some have been sent to the memorial after completing an abortion recovery group, but the majority has been tagged during the display.
Shrine of St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer
At this Shrine in Santa Cruz, California, the Oblates of St. Joseph in 2001 have erected a bronze statue of a seven foot tall St. Joseph seated on a curved bench holding a six month old fetus in his hands. St. Joseph faces another curved bench where a person may sit in prayer. The artist, Thomas Marsh, has made St. Joseph’s facial expression to reflect God’s love, the gravity of the situation, grief, forgiveness, protective strength, tenderness and comfort for the baby, and peace. The baby has his arms extended above toward a perpetually burning light which will represent Christ. The area is enclosed by two semi-circular barriers for a sense of privacy. These barriers will also hold little plaques engraved with the names of aborted or miscarried babies that have been entrusted to the Lord through the hands of St. Joseph
Memorial for Unborn Children
An interview with the sculptor, Martin Hudacek, who named the work “Memorial for Unborn Children,” said the sculpture also “expresses hope which is given to Believers by the One who died on the cross for us, and showed how much He cares about all of us.”