Every time a parent or caregiver is charged with homicide in the death of a Shelby County child, we raise the Children's Memorial Flag on the lawn of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.
Every April, we hold the Annual Children's Memorial Flagraising at Memphis City Hall for all the children memorialized over the past 12 months. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Civic leaders, concerned community members, and professionals who fight child abuse every day gather to issue a crucial call to action: We must do everything in our power to keep kids safe.
Our 2019 Annual Children's Memorial Flagraising was held Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall.
Speakers included Memphis Police Department Deputy Director Mike Ryall, Shelby County Commission Chair Pro Tempore Mark Billingsley, United Way of the Mid-South President/CEO Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., and Executive Director Virginia Stallworth and others working to overcome child abuse and neglect in our community. The ceremony included a presentation by the Memphis Police Color Guard, and a dove released for each child remembered.
You can see photos of the 2019 ceremony in our Facebook album.
Over 1,500 children died from abuse and neglect in this country in 2013 (CDC). The youngest children are the most vulnerable. About 46% of child abuse & neglect fatalities are younger than 1 year old; 35% are between one and three years.
You can help raise awareness by posting an image of the Children's Memorial Flag on social media. The best times to post the flag image is during the weeks that the flag flies for memorialized children at the Memphis CAC and during April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Just use the flag image below.