38th Memorial Remembrance Service July 31st 2014 Summary
I meant to do this right after the Memorial last year not sure why we are so busy but we are. We had a very well attended service with new faces, new feelings, and sadly a new Memorial plaque for Evelyn Starner and Patty Goodwine the 2 Ladies from Cedar Cove who lost their lives in the flood of Sept 13, 2013 in the Big Thompson Canyon. It brought up tucked away memories of the 1976 flood to all of us.
The program began with Shawn welcoming everyone and sharing what a difficult year it had been. Pastor Paul Logue read scripture Isaiah 58:10 “Then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always.” After a few words, he dedicated the new Memorial to the east of the existing one which is made of stone hand laid by Kit Kittinger, the bronze Heart was sculptured by Artist George Walbye with the inscription as follows,
Age 60 Age 79
Residents of Cedar Cove
At approximately 2:15 am. September 13-2013
these two beautiful lives were taken as they were swept away
along with their homes, when our Peaceful Big Thompson River
became a raging torrent due to heavy rain fall. The rain
lasting for three days devastated the entire canyon.
These two ladies will be missed greatly
by their Families, Friends, & Neighbors…
“NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN”
Music by Mango from Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch was wonderful. Then 3 Scholarships were presented which is always a joy to see these wonderful students making something of their lives and how proud their Grandparents would have been of them.
The speaker Jerry Shaffer relived that night of how he almost lost his life in 1976 and how he was trying to save his neighbor and friend Ealy Lee when he felt him go limp in his arms and had to let go. I know going back to that night and reliving it after 38 years was not easy. We thank him so much for sharing his very personal story with us and living through another flood in 2013. As the service closed he sang the song “Through it all” as our tears rolled during the lighting of the candles for the 5 who were never found. We had refreshments and lots of visiting afterwards. Thanks to all who could attend, all who helped, also the Volunteer firemen for helping and allowing us to use their facilities it was greatly appreciated.
We want to wish you all a late Merry Christmas, and a Prosperous New Year.
The Board, Shawn, Peggy, Marlene, and Barb, God Bless you all.
“May the Memories that mean the most to you, live forever in your Hearts”