May. 23rd, 2009

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On an impulse, Ken and Jess and I went up to Niagara Falls for the first half of the Memorial Day weekend. My scheduled trials in Family Court were cancelled, and I hadn't been up to Welland to visit Krystle's grave yet, and the documentation requirements at the border are going to be tightened on June 1, 2009 which will make it much more difficult to cross back and forth between the U.S. and Canada, so this just seemed like the right time to go.

Niagara Falls is a fun place to visit, but it has taken three years for me to get back there, because it seems so strange to go there and NOT be able to visit Krystle. Tina was kind enough to go out of her way and take the time to lead me to the cemetery, which is some distance out of Welland, and show me Krystle's grave. I don't think I would ever have been able to find it by myself. Thank you, Tina, I know that was difficult for you.

Tina's son Owen is quite a handsome little boy, and he seems quite well-behaved for his age - more credit to Tina as a mom! It was particularly poignant to watch him playing around the grave. Although Krystle never had the chance to meet him, I remember how fond she was of her nephew, and how she kept toys for him at her apartment and talked about him often. I'm sure she would have adored Owen too.

The gravestone has been beautifully maintained and decorated, with flowers and gifts. Jess took some photos which are now up at Facebook. (In some of them I look like the snaggle-toothed, white-haired bag lady on the corner, but that's OK - Tina and Owen look just fine!) Amy C., you'll want to take a close look at some of the little figurines decorating Krystle's stone; I think they will "feel" very familiar to you.
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I passed a sign on a church today that said, "If we forget the fallen hero, we forfeit our right to liberty."

But did our fallen heroes die for conditional liberty?

Did they fight and die for a freedom which depends upon our doing or saying or thinking what someone else considers to be the right thing?

Did they fight and die for the freedom to behave correctly (according to the definitions created by whoever is running things at the moment)?

Or did they, perhaps, fight and die for the kind of freedom which would be recognized as the unconditional right of everyone, a right to be extended even to those with whom we disagree?

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