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Thanks to Mayor Sally Smith, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, members of the faith community and everyone else who helped put together Friday's remembrance ceremony at Centennial Hall. It was a powerful event and wonderful to see Juneau come together.
Friday, at Centennial Hall, many of our community came together to pray and remember. In our diversity, we shared a common grief. And yet, in this dark hour, I celebrate the freedom that allows such an assembly. Many faiths were represented, many prayers were offered, many tears fell. One of the final speakers quoted part of the most beautiful and comforting passage of scripture ... their words powerfully suited to grief such as we now experience. For those interested in reading the short passage in its entirety, it's located in Romans 8:35-39.
The hijacker event reminds me of a question posed by singer Holly Neer. Her question was the following: "Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?" Have Americans been and are we going to be any different from the hijackers in this regard?
I just had a harrowing experience on Glacier Highway near Industrial Boulevard. My puppy got loose and was running down Glacier Avenue and a lady stopped her car and went out there and helped me catch him. The cars were coming everywhere and she was really risking her life doing this and I just wanted to say thank you to her.
After all the upheaval that this disaster presented to our fellow Americans, I have had a tough time explaining to our children what is going on with all the media coverage and everything else they have been seeing. But a wonderful thing has happened: Pat Peterson of the Douglas Inn presented a candlelight vigil outside of the lounge last night. I brought my children over along with my husband and it gave me a bit of peace within me that allowed me to then go home and explain to my children what this is all about in a very calm and relaxed manner. This is a wonderful gesture. I don't know about other families but I know that it helped me here in Douglas Thank you Pat Peterson and all those who put this together.