Missing teenager Daniel Morcombe, from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, will be the first to be honoured in a new memorial garden for Australia’s missing persons.
The Doorway of Hope Missing Person’s Remembrance Garden will be launched on Sunday at the Waronora Cemetery in Sydney.
His mother, Denise Morcombe, says she will be honoured to receive the first ‘message of hope’ plaque, but it will be a difficult day for the family.
“It’s pretty sad. It’s going to be a hard day. We’ve seen the artwork that’s come and it’s a nice plaque and it’s got a picture on it. We’ve put a poem on there and it’s going to be in like a little glass case,” she said.
Ms Morcombe says it will be the first time her sons, Dean and Bradley, will attend such an event.
“It’s the first time that they’ve really said that they wanted to come to something like this, so we’re happy that hopefully it might help the boys a bit better,” she said.
“We always say that we’ve got two different lives – one before and one after – everything just changes from birthdays to Christmas.
“It’s hard to celebrate Brad’s birthday when Daniel’s not there, being his twin.”