To the editor:
On the evening of May 9, a small crowd gathered at Veterans Memorial Park at Kennedy in the second annual Mother's Day Celebration of Life, sponsored by It Gets Better Fort Dodge & Beyond.
To every heart who joined us that evening, in person or in spirit, we at IGBFD give great thanks for joining us on a beautiful, albeit windy evening of remembrance.
It is through community and family that our hearts begin to heal. Some of you were able to stay to see the floating candle memorial, and some could stay only for moments, but all hearts counted that evening. Every soul that is touched is family in that moment of remembrance, and if one single person is inspired to reach out for hope and healing, the effort is well worth it.
On behalf of IGBFD, I would like to give special thanks to Webster County Conservation for the use of the site and all of their support; Iowa Fire Control for their participation for our safety; Janet Hubbell from Gunderson's Funeral Home for the beautiful service of celebration; and Pastor Eric Howard for blessing us with the benediction.
Thanks so often goes unsaid, especially to those who give so much of themselves. Of all the events coordinated by IGBFD this year, the Mother's Day Vigil is the one that has touched me the most. As a daughter who recently lost her mother and best friend, a woman who devoted her life to creating a safe space for youth through music and education, I want to thank Breck and Jennifer Johnson for assembling the dedicated, diverse crew that is It Gets Better FD & Beyond. I can think of no better way to honor my mother's memory than by giving back in service to the extended family of IGBFD, and I am humbled to have the opportunity.
The dedication of the Johnsons, their two children, Andy and Elle, the Youth Ambassadors, and the entire IGBFD board to the Fort Dodge area youth and community shines through everything they do, much like the candles that floated on Badger Lake Friday night.