Disney World recently unveiled a statue honoring the toddler who was killed last year by an alligator.
The plans to erect a lighthouse statue were announced in June — a year after 2-year-old Lane Graves was killed while playing along the shoreline at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
The lighthouse is a symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which the Graves family started to commemorate their son’s life and serve as a “beacon of hope” for families in crisis.
The gold and blue statue, marked with two stars, was placed near where the June 14, 2016, tragedy happened. It’s accompanied by a plaque that reads: “Presented to the Lane Graves Foundation. A beacon of hope. A light of love."
The Graves family said in a statement they found solace in the gesture.
"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,” the statement reads. "We will continue to honor Lane and preserve his spirit through the Lane Thomas Foundation."
Lane was trying to scoop some sand on the beach when an alligator crawled out of Seven Seas Lagoon and attacked the boy. His father, Matt Graves, tried unsuccessfully to pry Lane from the alligator’s grip.
In the months since the attack, Disney has added reptile warning signs near its waterways. The park also constructed a boulder wall along the edge of the lagoon.
"The lighthouse sculpture has been installed to help spread awareness of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was established to provide assistance and support to families whose children need organ transplants,” a statement from Disney read.
The tragedy capped off a dark week in Orlando after “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie was killed at a concert and 49 people died in a massacre at Pulse nightclub.