To the Editor:
This is an open letter to the residents of Piqua. On Saturday, July 25, we attended a funeral service for our 91-year-old aunt, a lifelong friend of Piqua. The service was held at St. Paul’s on Downing Street, a beautiful old church, a beautiful, soothing service.
A somber occasion, in the funeral procession from the church to Forest Hill Cemetery, we could not help but notice the reverence of people encountered along the way. Oncoming traffic would pull to the side of the road and stop waiting for the funeral procession to pass. This was very pleasing and respectful to witness, but what caught our eyes and touch our hearts was in about the 1000 block of Broadway at 11 a.m., a woman was doing yard work on the right side of the road. With the passing of the funeral procession, she not only stopped her work, she rose, and with yard utensil by her side, like a soldier with his rifle, stood at attention while the procession passed her by. What a wonderful display of respect, empathy and compassion.
A good number of people in attendance commented on witnessing this heartfelt sight.
Our dear lady we do not know your name, but God does, and we are sure Heaven sends hugs to people such as you. From visitors passing through we felt it was important to let the people of Piqua know “You are doing it right.” We now understand why our aunt loved this place so much. Keep up the good work Piqua! The Earth needs ambassadors such as you.
Dave McCray, West Milton
Nick Royon, Prescott, Ariz.