Nine years ago, Meridian and Lauderdale County were impacted by the tragedy at Lockheed. The family of the late Rev. Charles Miller have turned the lemons they were dealt that day into lemonade, freely serving the cool drink to anyone who stopped by DuMont Plaza Monday morning. For the Millers, this is also away to keep the memory of their loved one alive for the next generation.
Senora Miller Logan, daughter of the late Rev. Charles Miller who died in the shootings, says this week has a special meaning for her family. "He didn't get a chance to meet his grandchildren, and so this is also an opportunity for them to have a good memory of Grandpa Miller even though they didn't have the opportunity to meet him."
Reconciliation Week is not only for those who lost their lives in July 2003, but also for those who are still living with injuries suffered 9 years ago.
"Not just for us, but for the forgotten victims, the ones who are still living who have to remember seeing what happened and the visuals of all of that, so we do it for them as well, to let them know that we are still thinking of them; we still love them, and we're still believing in hope," Logan says.
The events held throughout this week are a way to keep the memories alive of those who are no longer with us.
Logan tells us, "and not only what my father did, but also the other victims who were involved in the incident, we remember them all. Even in the absence of the other victim's families we want them to know that their loved ones have not been forgotten."
Reconciliation Week events will continue through Saturday.