Walt Disney World Unveils Memorial Statue for Child Killed by Alligator


If you remember, last June, 2 year old Lane Graves, was pulled under the water and killed by an alligator near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This past June Disney announced plans to create a memorial for the child to be unveiled sometime this summer. They have revealed the memorial as a golden lighthouse.

Why a light house?  The lighthouse is the symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, started by the Graves family to commemorate their son’s life.

The Lane Thomas Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support for non-medical expenses to families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants at Omaha healthcare facilities.

The golden light house with blue windows and 2 blue stars was placed near the location where he passed away.  A plaque on the statue says:

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Presented to the Lane Graves Foundation. A beacon of hope. A light of love.

The family responded with this statement:

We find comfort that so many people continue to remember our sweet boy, Lane, and we believe the lighthouse stands as a beacon of hope and support for families in the depths of despair.  We will continue to honor Lane and preserve his spirit through the Lane Thomas Foundation.

If you get the chance please visit the page for the Lane Thomas Foundation.  It’s always incredible when something good comes from something so terrible. The memorial truly is a “beacon of hope.”

Comment below and let us know what you think.

sources: The Orlando Sentinel,  The Lane Thomas Foundation

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  1. […] It might not have been completely a matter of diligence but one of “state limits.” The reason for limits is that relocated alligators often will try to return to where they have been removed from. If they are taken out to be located in remote areas it will most likely lead to fighting and death for the captured alligator. Thankfully the state has recognized the threat and given the park special permission to remove more of the reptiles. Disney has also put up signs and fencing near water ways, and in memory of little Lane Disney erected up a lighthouse statue. […]


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