Candlelight ceremony held in Leachville in memory of the shooting victims
A candlelight ceremony was held at the Leachville City Park on Friday evening, Dec. 21 in memory of the victims of the Connecticut shooting. People gathered in spite of the cooler weather to remember the victims of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
A poster with a message of love was signed by everyone at the Leachville Park and teddy bears were collected to be sent to the children in Connecticut.
Even though Leachville, Ark., is across the country from Newtown, Conn., the Buffalo Island residents gathering at the park had true compassion for what the families and friends are going through.
Raymond Imler read the individual names of the victims followed by a moment of silence. He finished the service with a prayer from the heart.
He encouraged everyone to thank the police officers, firefighters, EMT's and other emergency workers for all they do.
He read a poem entitled "If Tomorrow Never comes."
If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and work, so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare an extra minute or two
To stop and say, "I love you," instead of assuming you would know I do.
If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more, so I can let just one slip away.
For surely there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight,
And we always get a second chance to make everything right.
There will always be another day to say our "I love you's,"
And certainly there's another chance to say our "anything can do's?"
But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget,
Tomorrow is not promised ot anyone, young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day.
That you didn't take that extra time for a smile, hug, or a kiss,
And you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them and that you'll always hold them dear.
Take time to say, "I'm sorry," Please forgive me," "thank you," and "it's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes, you have no regrets about today.
He said to send this to all that you consider a friend. Just to let them know how much you care about them. You never know, you may not see them tomorrow. So let them know how much they mean to you.