Monday, 11 December, 2017

Sculpture honoring Lane Graves installed

Two-year-oldĀ Lane Graves was attacked by an alligator at Disneys Grand Floridian Resort Two-year-oldĀ Lane Graves was attacked by an alligator at Disneys Grand Floridian Resort
June Sullivan | 09 August, 2017, 00:33

Graves, of Omaha, was staying at Disney's Grand Floridian resort with his family in June 2016 when he was attacked.

Walt Disney has put up a lighthouse sculpture as a tribute to a two-year-old boy who was killed by an alligator a year ago at one of its hotels.

"Presented to the Lane Graves Foundation", the plaque reads.

A sculpture of a lighthouse will soon stand on Disney property to remember 2-year-old Lane Graves. His father, Matt Graves, tried unsuccessfully to pry Lane from the alligator's grip.

The boy's relatives said they found some comfort in the statue. Signs at other Walt Disney World bodies of water did caution visitors about alligators and snakes.

Since the incident, Disney has installed a boulder wall between guest areas and the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon, in addition to adding signs warning of possible reptiles. Reports indicted the resort had "No Swimming" signs posted, but no warning of the risky reptiles.

The new lighthouse statue is a symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which serves to act "as a beacon of hope in the depths of despair, to create a strong base of support for families in crisis", according to their site. "We will continue to honor Lane and preserve his spirit through the Lane Thomas Foundation".

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