|Throw Your Hat in the Ring at Gatewood's Public Memorial|
Tributes by Mayor Gray and Ben Chandler reminded us Gatewood's political side. Ben Chandler pointed out that they both entered politics in the same year: 1991. Chandler ran for Auditor while Gatewood sought the Governor's Mansion. When Gatewood wanted to publicly advocate the legalization of marijuana, he consulted with Chandler's grandfather who told the then-young Gatewood that it sounded like "a good idea, but you've gotta tax the hell out of it."
A musical tribute by Rodney Hatfield left many emotional with his beautiful performance of My Old Kentucky Home on the harmonica.
But these words of Gatewood's, spoken less than a week before his passing, ring truest:
Another great day in all our lives. Call up someone you love, or would like to, and let them know it! Make a resolution to lift someone's spirit each day and follow through with it. It doesn't take much, a smile, a kind word (words are magic and can create reality) and a desire to be loved yourself because that it what will happen to you when you give your smile. Try it and see. God Bless You All!
Below is a slideshow of all of my photos from this evening's memorial, which lasts until 8 p.m. (or later...)
You can also look at these photos directly on flickr.