This past Saturday, May 7th, 2011, I (Sara Huizenga) on behalf of Peace4 the Missing and Billy's Law attended and held an information booth at Michigan's (VERY FIRST) Missing Persons Day.
It was a day of many mixed emotions - which I guess ironically makes sense at any missing persons event in general.
Perhaps I can help you gain a bit of perspective on what I mean by my typed sentence directly above here by sharing some of the days comments from Families of Missing Loved Ones below ....
We just don't know what to do.
One minute we think it might be okay, but the next moment we're not even sure we can even make it through to seeing the next second, it hurts so bad.
I can't believe I've endured having a missing loved one this long, I never thought I'd be able to last as long as I have.
Thank you for displaying their picture (NamUs Missing Person Poster) - you have no idea as to how much that means to us - it is everything!
People who give us hope help us go on, we couldn't do it without them and the hope they offer.
I will never give up on them - I'll never stop looking.
You have no idea how much this day means to us, we've traveled from (insert many States even COUNTRIES away) just to be here ... wouldn't have missed it for the world.
NamUs has finally given us some hope back! We thought we'd lost it all for good shortly before finding out about it ... We MUST pass Billy's Law and make it stronger!
I walked away from this event even more convinced of two things in particular ...
1. I painfully have no magic words to take away this intensely horrific of a pain that families of the missing are forced to endure - every second of every day.
2. Procedures, legislation and action such as NamUs, Billy's Law, Resourceful Law Enforcement, Kelsey's Law, etc. are SO NEEDED - and so worth fighting for ... we must work together to ensure these full of hope for the missing things.
Here's how ... CLICK TO HELP CREATE MUCH NEEDED CHANGE ... let's get going on here and now.
PEACE4 THE MISSING: Voice Platform and Support Network for Families of Missing and Victims of Crime. *Command Central for the Help Find the Missing Act (Billy's Law)* http://peace4missing.ning.com