Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pics of the Memorial

Cpl. David Wayne Moss E.O.W. 7-30-88




David in his Dolphin colors - boy was he ever a fan!



Ok, well I did say I would add some pics and as soon as the other puter boots up I'll do that. I wanted to give a brief run down on yesterdays Memorial...

David Wayne Moss Memorial Service:



It started with the bagpipes, Robert (Robin) Hendrickson, Alachua County Fire Rescue was gracious enough to play for us - I love bagpipes - they have such a haunting flavor, and he played them very very well. As he was, playing Chief Davis escorted me out to the Memorial. The wreath was then placed right in front of where we were standing, it was beautiful (as were the flowers that they gave me prior to the ceremony).


The Marion County Sheriff's Office Color Guard preformed the lowering of the flag and Chief presented it to me. Then the Color Guard raised the new flag and lowered it to half mast. And then played Taps.


After this a member of the Color Guard came up and read, then presented me, with a Remembrance Certificate from the United States Air Force. I found that to be a very sweet thing to do...he was, after all, a member of the Air Force, & even if we were not at war, he still did his duty.



Chief Daniel M. Davis made the opening remarks and gave a general overview of what happened that day. Reverend Dave Methany lead us in prayer.

Then there were several folks who had something to say or Chief invited them up to say a few words, the first of which was Gene Hartman. Gene was the Chief at the time that David was killed.


Next came Lt. Clay Connolly, a very good friend to David and I. He has remained at the department and risen thru the ranks, I'm so Proud. He has been a good friend to Trav and I as well. He explained why Trav was going to be telling the details of that fateful night this time, instead of him or Bruce.

Next Trav comes up and makes some comments and requests that all LEOs remember David and how that hot July night became David's last night with us. First tho, he presented Chief with a copy of our book...they came in on time and look really good, he did Such a good job with that. Trav read the details right from the pages of that book.


Then Chief asked Mayor Heathcoat to read the resolution naming SW Main Street "Cpl. David Wayne Moss Street" Gerald addressed some very nice comments to me regarding the time he knew David.


I think it looks just wonderful, don't you?


Then it was my turn to say a few words. I'm not much in the public speaking department so I basically read from my index cards and tried not to stumble too much. If you are wondering why we keep calling it a Memorial...it's because a few years ago Chief had a plaque made and if you look really close you can see it to the far right of the above picture.

and this is what that plaque looks like, they planted a magnolia tree there and keep it beautiful with flowers.

After all the remarks, we held the closing prayer and Robin played Amazing Grace as Chief walked me back into the station. It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony and I was truly honored by the care they took to make it so. I deeply appreciate their efforts.


Then it was time for the 'interview' that made me almost as nervous as my speech -

but it seemed to go well
here I am holding the microphone so that she could set the white balance, but it looks like IT's MINE!! lol


Here is the actual interview taking place.

I think that remembering people is the only way to keep them alive...if we forget, then they are gone forever. Every time a Police Officer is killed the other officers rally around the family and make sure they are treated with respect and caring. All of Law Enforcement keeps those survivors in a special place as a way to honor their fallen brother or sister. They cannot dwell on the deaths or the possibility of their own death, but they do remember it, always.

Thank you All, you have done David Proud!

Cpl. David Wayne Moss Street

Wow, I am So amazed...yesterday went exceedingly well. I was so pleased with the memorial and the naming, the folks that organized this did a Splendid job. Thank you. I will get some pictures up tonight, as well as some more content, but in the meantime, if you are interested, here are the links to the media coverage. WCJB Channel 20. The Gainesville Sun. (just click on the names)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

20 Year Anniversary Memorial

Ok, looks like it's all going as planned. The council did indeed vote to name the street and I now have a framed copy of the resolution which Debra read at the meeting. The time and date are set - 9am on the 30th at the PD. The books are showing delivered at 3:02 today - we will have them when we get home. I LOVE it when a plan comes together!!! lol

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

David's Memorial Update

Well, next week is the memorial…it looks like they are going to follow thru and name a street after David. I think that is a really nice gesture. I’m not sure at this juncture, just what is going to be going on that day – 7/30 – but I believe it will be at 9am at the Police Department, probably by the flag. We will have a piper present; I’m pretty sure, courtesy of the Alachua County Fire Rescue. Beyond that I haven’t a clue…hopefully Trav can figure out a way to tape/photograph it and I can add a snippet or two here. I think the book will be here by then, we got the first drafts last week and ended up sending it back for revision…not a big surprise, but a little stressful as there is so little time left and anything can happen during shipping…but I have faith and I will relax and let God lead the way. I think it’s kinda kewl – and I am excited to see the final product and peoples reactions, and to hear their thoughts on all the hard work he put in on that book…I’m SO proud of him!!!



Anyway, I’ll update when they come in and as we get more info…

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

SheetLoad Mini

Here is the blog entry for today...these sheets are a great boone to those of us who are trying to use as much of our paper as possible. I love them...please visit them.

"The July issue of SheetLoad Mini, our first Mini issue ever, is ready to download.

This month's mini features; appropriately enough, a mini card sketch and cutting diagrams! You will be able to create 6 - 3" square cards using just a few sheets of paper.

The artist for July is Ann Seleshanko. Make sure to check out her blog for more of her work."

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hanglar Stanglar

Wanna win some Hanglar Stanglar stamped images?!

Okay, I know there are lots of us who are jealous that we can't buy Hanglar Stanglar stamps. Here is your chance to win a whole bag full of stamped images!

Go check out Maya's blog for more info!

just scroll down, she does tell you in english what to do...lol

Friday, July 11, 2008

One more time - a giveaway

Like a warm cup of coffee is giving away a really nice vacuum cleaner, you can go here to see the details and enter. good luck.

Pink Christmas again lol

Yesterday I posted a short on Pink Christmas...guess I should have elaborated just a bit, but I figured if I knew what it was YOU would know, kinda silly, but true....so...here is a little more, taken from their blog -

Pink Christmas - What is it?


Pink Christmas is a annual Girlfriend Give and Get. You make a handmade Christmas Gift(or you can purchase a handmade gift from one of our sponsors if you want to join but don't think you are crafty) for a mystery girlfriend around the world and another girlfriend will be making something for you - only to opened on Christmas morning.

It is only a $15.00 donation to sign up. Sign up fee is donated to the Pink Christmas Family or individual for 2008.

Each year the funds collected for sign ups are given to a family to give them a "Pink Christmas"

Do you want to be a Pink Christmas Sponsor? Sponsorship is $30.00 and 100% of your sponsorship goes to pay for every one's awesome Pink Envelope that everyone will get in the mail revealing to them their Girlfriend for Christmas. In that envelope you will be able to send ANYTHING that fits in a large envelope to promote your company - coupons, free shipping a sampling of your product - get creative because that Pink Envelope is like early Christmas for all who sign up. You will also be added to the sidebar of Pink Christmas and gets lots of bragging on this blog and my personal blog. if you want to be a sponsor email us at apinkchristmas@yahoo.com and write sponsor in the subject line

Sign ups will open at 8:00 am on July 1st and run through July 31th. So tell your friends.
You will also get the new 2008 graphic "Last year my Christmas was Pink" to put on your side bar. Or you can get the cute new line of T-shirts coming out this fall.
Make this Christmas special by making a handmade gift and donating a small amount of money to really make someones Christmas special.

so, visit their blog and read all about it - then sign up and lets have some fun!!!

go HERE

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pink Christmas for 2008

Pink Christmas Swap & Charity


The sign ups for Pink Christmas have begun! You can sign up to participate anytime from July 1-31st. Come celebrate Christmas, have a little fun, meet new friends but most importantly.. benefit a family in need.

Pink Christmas is a fun gift swap that is organized by Kristi and Everything Pink. You do not have to have a blog to join.



Click here to sign up!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Third of July

Here in the beautiful city of Williston, we celebrate the Fourth of July on the 3rd. This has been going on for a long long time now, and most folks are pretty used to it by now. Normally we do not go to the parade or the fireworks, partly cuz we are anti social and partly cuz we work full time lol. This year we made it to both...but not as spectators...we were there in the capacity of volunteers for the Williston Police Department. Helping out with keeping folks off the street during the parade and then helping to direct the traffic out of the Horseman's park after it was all over. I don't know about you, but I think it's fun to do stuff like that...it gets me out of the office/and the house, I get to play with some really cool toys and Everyone gets to say Hi. Kinda nice change of pace...good thing it only happens once a year!!!!

Hope your Fourth was happy and safe. And a Great Big THANK YOU to all of you who help(ed) make this a free country and are keeping it that way.

Later