March 8, 2014

February 28, 2014

It was nine years ago on March 8, 2005 that Laura was abducted, raped, and murdered. Each year, determining how to mark the day has been difficult for my family and me. We approach it with lots of sorrow and a good portion of dread. About a month ago, we learned that March 8 is International Women’s Day, We also learned that Mayor Miro Weinberger will issue a proclamation declaring March 8 Burlington’s International Women’s Day in honor of all women– local, national, and international. When Ned and I were invited to participate in this event, after much introspection and discussion, we considered that attending might be an opportunity to observe this otherwise painful day in a positive way in memory of Laura, so we accepted.

The event takes place on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 1:00 at Burlington City Hall’s Contois Auditorium.  There will be speakers and refreshments. All are invited “to celebrate and honor the women and girls of the planet” and reaffirm a commitment to insure their right to live safe and productive lives.