Gathering Saturday in Puyallup to honor Pierce County’s fallen children

People will gather Saturday at Puyallup’s Woodbine cemetary to honor children who have passed away.

A bronze angel statue, one of about 100 across the world, is meant to look over and protect the children resting at Woodbine.

It’s based on a monument mentioned in the novella, “The Christmas Box,” and people gather at the statues Dec. 6 each year, to honor children who have died.

The Woodbine statue was dedicated in 2012 following the deaths of Charlie and Braden Powell, ages 7 and 5, who were killed that year by their father, Josh Powell.

The boys were the sons of former Puyallup resident Susan Cox Powell, who went missing from the family’s Utah home in 2009 and is belived to have been killed by her husband.

A project is in the works to engrave the names of all children who have died unnaturally in Pierce County on bricks at the memorial.

The Saturday gathering will start at 7 p.m. at the cemetery, at 2323 9th St. SW.