The Angel of Hope statue located in the Washington Park Botanical Gardens, honors the lives of all children gone too soon and serves as a place of hope and healing for parents, families, and friends dealing with the tragic loss of a child. Over 600 area children's names are commemorated on the Memorial Wall located at the Springfield angel statue site.The angel in Springfield joins nearly 100 Angel of Hope Statues in other communities across the country (including 7 in Illinois).
The original Angel of Hope Statue is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The statue was first introduced to the world in the book The Christmas Box, a worldwide best-selling story by author Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. Although the story is mostly fiction, the angel monument described in the book once existed but was later destroyed in a flood. In response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place to remember and heal, author Richard Paul Evans commissioned a new angel statue.