Saturday, December 8, 2012

Weeping Cherry

On October 28th, we planted a tree in Zach's memory at Holston Camp. The director, Craig Bell, set that up for us. Zach had a good summer there as a counselor in 2006. One of our church members, Samantha, who was a camper when Zach was a counselor wrote a nice tribute to Zach and read it. We sprinkled some of his ashes.  

A couple of Samantha's friends joined us as we honored Zach's memory. 

"Zach's" weeping cherry is the first one you see as you come to the memorial garden that is in front of the office.   More photos are on Zachary's Memory Page. This is what Samantha (in the dress) wrote.  It was very sweet:
Zachary Shuck was a son, a brother, a friend and so much more. He had an amazing heart that he always shared with the world. Never would you find Zach without a smile on his face and with a hug waiting for you. He shared his smile and spirit with many youth in 2006 when he was a counselor here at HPC. He was loved by fellow counselors and campers alike. He made a point to know every camper and to let each one know they were special and perfect just the way they were. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone but he was not shy about speaking out when someone was mistreating someone else. Just his presence could make my day better and his laugh was contagious. He could not see you for years and when you’d run into each other he would shine his smile, know your name, and start off a conversation like you’d been close friends for years. I am so honored to have known Zach. He touched many lives in a positive way and mine was one of them. We honor and remember him today with this tree. He may no longer be with us physically but he will always be remembered for his shining smile, his heart and his compassion for others.

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