A touching tribute

On February 1, 2010, in Uncategorized, by admin

Monday afternoon, hundreds gathered along Valley Road in a solemn tribute to Marc Paul Decoteau as his family returned home.

I have been thinking a lot about the nature of small communities the last few days.  It seems to me that we feel things very deeply, whether the strength of friendships or the pain of a sudden loss.

This afternoon, several hundred people gathered under a cold sun and waited hushed, with flags in hand, for the Decoteau family to come home.  Every segment of the Waterville Valley community was present, from Marc Paul’s childhood and high school friends, to the entire Waterville Valley Elementary school, to a large contingent from the ski area.  I think it is safe to say everyone who could be there, was.

As the family drove by, I found myself wishing there was more that I could do to ease their pain, but hoping that this simple gesture of respect and fondness by so many concerned people let them know that they are far from alone.