Friday, November 9, 2012

A Small Town's Gesture of Thanks

In Douglasville, Georgia, today, the City Council passed a resolution to dedicate a section of Douglasville Highway in honor of Scott "Boots" Harper.

 After Scott's death, his high school friends made up these t-shirts.
 the memorial sign now on Douglasville Highway

two members of the Patriot Guard riders

Scott's dad Brian, a former student of mine at Douglas County HS, class of 1984, invited me, and with a full heart for him, I drove out there on a beautiful, fall day with my good friend and former colleague at DCHS, Lynn Harper [no relation to Brian except that she taught him tenth grade English].

Brian, Lynn, and Brian's wife

About 150 people attended the unveiling of the sign as Douglas County police blocked off a section of the highway for the dedication.


Sad -- 
as Brian continues to mourn his only son, a son he told me that " Every day, [he] tries to figure out a way to bring back."


BTW: My friend Lynn lost her only son to cancer in 2009. Her giant heart for giving and loving on others, she bought flags in memory of her son and Scott which are on view three times a year on Marietta Street in Powder Springs. 

1 comment:

  1. Awwww, just breaks my heart. Thank you for spotlighting these wonderful people. Heroes all of them! Can't imagine that heartache.