International Day of Remembrance for John Denver
On Sunday, November l6, l997, a Memorial Service was held in Lexington,
Kentucky to celebrate the International Day of Remembrance for John Denver.
This Memorial Service was planned and brought in to being through the efforts
and love of Barb Page of Lexington. Barb arranged for a Colorado Blue Spruce
to be planted in Jacobson Park in that city and a engraved stone to be placed
in front of the tree. The engraving was donatied by the engraver, a closet
In the late morning of a cold, windy and snowy day, John Denver fans from
Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky gathered in a "Circle of Love" to share our
feelings of loss and express our Love and Gratitude toward's this singer of
songs we had so recently lost.
A single yellow rose graced the Memorial Stone and flower bulbs were planted
around it by those gathered. A young lady read John's book "ALFIE, The
Christmas Tree" as adults and children huddled close for warmth. Because of
the wind, only candles in jars could be lit, but our voices raised the flame
of our heartache and sorrow in song. A local TV station was on hand, and
filmed the ceremony and spoke to some of the people in attendance.
After the service, we all gathered at Ward's Landing in Harrodsburg for lunch.
Overlooking the Kentucky River and the Majestic Palisade Cliffs, this quaint
place would have been just to John's liking. We were treated to views of the
wild goats that have lived there for centuries, a fire in the fireplace and
recordings of John's songs by the management during our meal.
After lunch, we shared pictures and momentoes of John, plus conversed about
concerts and events we'd attended. Those who'd had the good fortune to
actually meet John told their stories and those who had attended the memorial
services in Colorado reflected on their time there. Guitars were brought out
and we were treated to many of John's songs and shared in singing "On the
Wings of Dream".
Too soon , it was time for those of us who'd driven many miles to start our
trips home. My sister, Debbie, and I walked out onto the Bridge that crossed
the flowing river and tossed our flowers we'd brought into the river and said
our goodbyes to John.
It was a lovely day and great to meet other J.D. fans from the Tri-State Area.
But I know we all wished in our hearts, that we had come together for another,
As far away as you may go, We'll never be apart
It's in your dreams that you will know, the seasons of the heart - John Denver
Engraved Stone by the Spruce Tree We Planted
Me by the Tree and Stone
Debbie and I by the Tree
My friends Belle, Tracy, friend and Brad
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