night of remembrance
In 2015, LEM held its first Night of Remembrance to honor Laura. Before this event, the family had not held any formal memorials or remembrance, despite honoring her birthday privately. The concept of Night of Remembrance was three fold. First, to honor Laura's legacy amongst family and friends. Second, to fellowship with other families who have missing loved ones. Third, to garner media attention to keep missing person cases in the news. The event brought together AdHoc Group Against Crime as its founder, Alvin Brooks was incremental in keeping Laura's name in the media over the years through his radio broadcasts. The event also included the Kansas City, MO Police Department's Missing Person's unit and was sponsored by local Kansas City, MO vendors.
We celebrated our last formal Night of Remembrance in 2019, where we honored Laura's time as a fitness instructor and owner of Heart to Heart Aerobics Studio, founded in 1985. We decided to end the formal remembrance as research showed that it was too painful for many families of missing persons to participate, our family included. Moving forward, LEM decided to take a moment to process our work thus far and begin developing future programming.
Take a look at some of the pictures from Night of Remembrance 2015-2019 and our event sponsors: