Tuesday night at Lake Ella, the Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition kicked off National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day early. Families gathered at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church to honor their young loved ones in a service where memory quilts were displayed. The 2008 remembrance quilt was featured and families were able to write personal messages on fabric for the 2009 quilt.
Ann Davis, Executive Director of the Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition said, "One year we had a mother say, 'This is the first time I heard my baby's name said aloud,' so these are short lives that are snuffed out well before their potential is met and we like to help those families remember those lives and the babies that they had."
Tuesday night's service ended with a candlelight Walk to Remember around Lake Ella, but the nation will be observing Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness all day Wednesday.