Saturday, January 18, 2014

Three children, two families, one night of mourning

It seemed most of Franklin was in mourning Friday evening. Walking to the Town Common for the Monroe Family vigil, the line of folks paying their respects for the McGrath Family wound through the parking lot to the sidewalk at the Ginley Funeral Home.

In the Franklin Federated Church parking lot, several media trucks were parked motors running, antennas reaching up and out.

High St was blocked off and the Franklin Police detail were assisting with directing traffic.

The bandstand was lit and drew folks from all sides towards it. As you approached, you could pick up a candle. Individuals, couples, families all flowed towards the bandstand forming a rather quiet circle. Small conversations occurred as neighbors met, or introductions were made.


When the notice was given, one light was quietly and effectively passed from candle to candle until all the candles were lit. A single guitar cast its notes into the evening.

Many of the Franklin Interfaith Council were present and each took a turn leading the group in a prayer or reflection.  A singer step up to perform "Amazing Grace"

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
amazing grace
amazing grace

The children were called to gather to assist in the balloon release. The bunches of balloons tied to the railings around the bandstand were distributed. A couple released early one at a time, finding the night sky. Most did hold a good grip until the time was right to release them as the singer performed  "Over the Rainbow"

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true

balloon release
balloon release

There was a pause as two larger lanterns were put together and the family moved from one side of the bandstand to the other to assist in their release.. The lanterns quietly flew into the night heading towards Pleasant/Lincoln St until then joined the other star lights in the sky.

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