Mary Denise Lands, 4th Anniversary, 2008 Vigil of Hope -Please Join us!
Today, Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at Noon
Mary's Vigil-WWMT-TV- 03/12/08
Mary's Vigil-WOOD-TV8- 03/12/08
we marked the 4-year anniversary of the disappearance of Mary Denise Lands.
Mary's Vigil- YouTube, 03/12/08
Although we are much closer than ever before in solving the case and bringing Mary home, family and friends still need to come together on this day to continue public awareness for Mary. Please join us!
We believe the winter weather will improve enough for a short event to be held commencing at Noon at the Brooks Memorial Fountain in Marshall. Anita Marshall once remarked, "each year it seems as if Mary is up in heaven pushing away storm clouds and adverse weather for a few minutes to provide us a light from above during our vigils". It appears that today we'll have milder temperatures, the sun will be bright, and Mary will be smiling down upon us all.
This year we plan to do something different. Instead of the yellow balloons that have been sent aloft in the past we plan to release 48 bright blue "star " balloons (Provided by Lakeside Florist in Battle Creek- Lakeside Florist ), one star for each month that Mary has been missing. Anita & Cliff will release one "gold" balloon on behalf of another missing Marshall woman, Courtney Cook. She disappeared after leaving her home on January 19th. Our entire community prays that Courtney will be found safe and return home. All the balloons will carry a small laminated card bearing Mary's picture, and contact numbers for the Michigan State Police and others.
Sgt. Scott McDonald, Acting Chief, will represent the Marshall Police Department, and other law enforcement officials have been asked to attend and say a few words. A representative from St. Philip Catholic Church will offer a prayer. We now all know that Mary was a victim of domestic violence. The Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office has provided an Information Guide from the Domestic Violence Council and we will distribute pamphlets to the public. It is a great resource tool about keeping you informed on the dynamics of Domestic Violence.
Earlier in the week I again met with Michigan State Police investigators and was assured that Mary’s case is being actively and aggressively worked by team members each week. We’ve had good turnouts in the past, but this year lets have as many supporters as possible join us for 15 minutes at the Circle Fountain in Marshall. Let us show how many in our community have cared about Mary’s case for these last 48 months as we continue to ask the questions, Where is Mary? and When will we have justice for Mary? We need every one of you to participate. Thank you for your support. We will bring Mary home