Friday, July 30, 2010
The memorial this morning was very nice. Tastefully done. I love being able to honor David like this every year - it is important to me that he be remembered, not just because I love him (notice the present tense? I DO still love him, I don't quit loving people just cuz they die, and that's a good thing or there would be a WHOLE lot less love in my life!!) but also so that his sacrifice is forever there. He absolutely was in the line of work he wanted to be in, he was a cop in his heart, not just in his choice of fashion. He was one of those people who knew from childhood what they were going to be when they grew up. A Cop. A man that stands between the people he cares about and the bad guys that would do them harm. A man that can make a difference in a whole lotta lives, a positive difference. A man that remains strong no matter what, but cries inside every time he sees an injustice done and strives to right the wrongs and ease the hurts. He loved what he did and if he could talk to me now I believe that he would tell me that his life ended in a manner consistant with that dream. I've been told that he was a good cop and I believe the ones that told me that (naive? maybe, but I don't care, my choice) and I am still proud of that man with the wonderful laugh and the love he shared with so many. I still miss him and probably always will.
Thank you Williston Police Department for honoring him every year. I know that it is not really as easy as it looks on the outside. You do a great job and you make him proud.
Thank you Chief, for standing up and doing what you feel is the right thing to do, even when it means missing part of your vacation.
Thank you Gail, for all the work you put into the planning and execution of this memorial. You have done a wonderful job once again.
Thank you John, for sweating your butt off and getting that awesome music and all those other little things you do to help make it happen.
Thank you Jimmy, it means so much to me, and to David, knowing that you are able to share in these observances.
Thank you to the officers who stand there in the sweltering heat to show your respect to a fallen brother.
Thank you to the people who were there, both in person and in spirit, you help to make this so special.
And, thank you to Traveler, for the support and love you have shown me over the years when it comes to David, this makes you very special to me. (and for stepping up when Chief blindsided you with his request this morning - lol)
(hopefully later today I will get a pic or two up here.)got em up thanks Gail!!))
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Ok, so tomorrow is the 22 anniversary of David’s death. I could not believe it when I look at last year and there isn’t a post, how did THAT happen? Probably FaceBooks fault.
Anyway, tomorrow is the Annual Memorial at Williston Police Department (I guess one day I will have to post the outline of what happened that night, but not right now). This year will a bit different though, as Chief Davis is on vacation and Mr. Clay is in the hospital!! Bruce retired and there is no one else who was here then. I know it will be tasteful and beautiful, as they have proven in the past they are Great.
The Police Department sent out an invitation via FaceBook and people have actually RSVP’d, so let’s see how that works out…should make it even better!
David’s brother Jim is going to try to make it up again this year…he came up last year and we went to Jack’s for lunch after the trip out to the cemetery. It rained so hard that we couldn’t see the cars out the window.
This is an extremely solemn occasion and I really appreciate what the Williston Police Department does every year to help me keep his memory alive – but I must admit that I have an unbelievably difficult time staying serious…at least where others can see or hear or read what I’m saying/doing/writing…and it tends to cause embarrassment later when I look back at some of the silly things that occurred.
Anyways, this is just a rambling post as a prelude to the memorial tomorrow…and I’m hoping I have the remembering in place to write about how well it went.
If you are interested there are a couple of other posts regarding David and memorials – you can find them here
ok, here is the link to Amazon where the book is available (blatant plug)