The family of the toddler killed last June by an alligator at Walt Disney World celebrated what would have been the boy’s third birthday this weekend, telling supporters at an Omaha high school football stadium that they wanted to celebrate the boy’s “first birthday in heaven.”

“You’ll always be Mommy’s loving, sweet, baby boy,” Melissa Graves said of her son Lane. “We miss you, buddy, and we miss those hugs and kisses.”

Melissa and Matt Graves spoke to a group of several hundred people on Saturday,The Omaha World-Herald reported.

The family of the toddler killed last June by an alligator at Walt Disney World celebrated what would have been the boy’s third birthday this weekend, telling supporters at an Omaha high school football stadium that they wanted to celebrate the boy’s “first birthday in heaven.”

“You’ll always be Mommy’s loving, sweet, baby boy,” Melissa Graves said of her son Lane. “We miss you, buddy, and we miss those hugs and kisses.”

Melissa and Matt Graves spoke to a group of several hundred people on Saturday,The Omaha World-Herald reported.

After Lane’s death, Disney made changes to restrict visitor contact with alligators on the property. Though “No Swimming” signs had been posted on the resort beach before the boy was taken, fences and other barriers were built around some of the lakes in the aftermath and “No Fishing” signs were installed around waterfront areas. Disney World also limited fishing to excursions.

Neighbors Brandi and Mike Miller organized Saturday’s event at the Elkhorn South High School football field, where hundreds of friends, relatives and supporters stood in a huge heart shape and released nearly 5,000 balloons as a drone snapped an aerial photograph.

Brandi Miller said she wanted to pay tribute to Lane and his family. “I really saw an opportunity for the community to come together and wrap their arms around the family on this day,” she said.

Speaking to supporters, Matt Graves said Lane’s life brought joy to the family.

“My wife will tell you those are the happiest days of her life, and I couldn’t agree with her more,” he said. “Happy birthday, buddy.”