It has been a month since I last wrote an article for the newspaper. In the past articles I have written about individuals whom have been laid to rest here in Forest Hill Cemetery, but with this article, I want to waver from that format to one that has stuck home more than once.
You see last week our family lost a nephew to cancer, while that alone is gut wrenching try to think how it feels to have lost two in past years. Both young at 16 and 17 years of age, which is why what I am about to write hit me stronger than ever. You see we all pray that we will never face this kind of tragedy in our lives, after all we are to grow old, burying our parents first and remembering the many years that were spent together.
Sadly no one knows what tomorrow will bring or hold for us so take every day and smile, do good and be glad to we are here together as I am very happy that my two grandsons are healthy and strong. I look forward to seeing them as often as I can.
Just about everyone knows of someone that has lost a child and sees the pain that they have and will go through for the rest of their lives. I have sadly buried to many children and ask why knowing that no one else knows the answer either.
Therefore, I want to go back a number of years and tell you about a dream I had about a great gift for the cemetery, as I was reading a book the writer spoke about an angel and right then I decided that what Forest Hill Cemetery needed was that angel.
I have spent the past year and a half asking and seeking out donations for a project that when completed will have visitors stopping to marvel at such a great sight, and right here in Piqua.
You see the angel will stand just over eight feet tall and have a wingspan of five feet and I am not here to debate anyone who may not believe but this angel is a gift from God to look after his children who have been taken to Heaven. It provides a place for many to come and remember and reflect and will stand next to the labyrinth garden.
There are 119 of these angels in the world today and I am passionate about getting number 120 for Forest Hill Cemetery.
In fact on any given day a white rose or carnation is left at the foot of the angel from someone who knows of a child or from a mother who morns the loss of a child. Please look at a picture of the angel at our web site www.foresthillpiqua.com and help us to bring the angel to Piqua and Forest Hill Cemetery.
So the next time you stop to pick up a pack of cigarettes, a six pack of beer, or instead of eating out eat at home and donate a five dollar bill to Forest Hill Cemetery Angel Fund of the Piqua Community Foundation. You can find their address in either the phone book or by visiting their web site at www.piquacommunityfoundation.org
Just think just one dollar from 10,000 people which is half the size of Piqua we will have what it takes to finish this fund raising campaign for the Angel of Hope.
So let’s make this happen and come September there will be a grand unveiling of the new angel statue for all to see.
For the many of you that have donated we thank you very much and look forward to the unveiling.
Jim Roth is the Superintendent for the Forest Hill Cemetery