Day of remembrance
People gathered for the ceremony at the Edgartown Lighthouse Children's Memorial last Saturday. Photos by Susan Safford
"For the families of these children, whose interrupted lives are here remembered, let this lighthouse be a beacon through the darkness of grief reminding and assuring with its brightness a safe harbor has been reached."
Mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends and family gathered at the Edgartown lighthouse for the annual Ceremony of Remembrance. Some brought flowers, others special shells or feathers, to place alongside the names, etched in cobblestones at the base of the lighthouse, of loved ones whose young lives were lost. The site has served as a children's memorial since 2001.
Annabelle Goldberg Doyle has flowers for her brother.
This September day was especially peaceful. Under clear blue skies and a warm, gentle breeze, Matthew Stackpole, executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Museum, welcomed the gathering. He spoke of the practical and symbolic importance of lighthouses, how they serve as beacons, not only to warn ships at sea, but also to welcome them, and guide them safely in and out of the harbor.