The following is an article from the March 2021 edition of the Braille Forum. For up-to-date information about the Angel’s Memorial Program, visit: https://acb.org/acb-angels-memorial-tribute.
The ACB Angels Memorial Program is a powerful and deeply personal way individuals can memorialize their friends and loved ones while supporting the American Council of the Blind. Through a minimum $500 contribution, individuals and groups can have a loved one who has passed included on the ACB Angel Memorial Wall and on the Angels page of the ACB website.
Launched in 2014, the Angels Wall is a traveling memorial that is showcased each year at the ACB conference and convention. The wall has on display plaques of each Angel printed in braille and large print, along with a bound book in braille and large print sharing the names and memories of each angel. Individuals can also make a donation in memory of a guide dog.
Since the ACB 2020 convention went virtual, ACB has been exploring ways to provide a more interactive experience for visitors to the Angels web page, which currently has a photo and eulogy of each Angel. Individuals can continue to make donations to past Angels as well.
For more information on memorializing a loved one who has passed, contact Tony Stephens, ACB’s director of development, at (202) 467-5081, or via email, [email protected]. The application and relevant materials must be submitted by May 1st in order to be included in the upcoming July ACB convention. To visit past Angels and learn more about the program, visit https://www.acb.org/acb-angels-memorial-tribute.