Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Thank You Letter from Shorty's Daughter

AIMM has received a very nice "thank you" letter from Shorty's daughter, Vickie Harris.

The letter reads:

"Dear Friends
- Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
- Patriot Guard Riders
- Rolling Thunder

"On behalf of his family, I want to thank you all for all the help you gave me with Daddy's funeral.

"I would like to send a thank you note to everybody, but this just too daunting a task. So, with your permission, I would like for each of you to pass along my great appreciation to all of your staff and interested parties. Patriot Guard Riders, Rolling Thunder and the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum staff were all equally important to Daddy, and he was proud to belong to your organizations. He often spoke of you all and was happily busy keeping up with all the doings, right up to the last minute.

"I want to thank all of you for the happiness you gave him in the last years of his life. He lived his life straight up and straight ahead and he taught us kids by example, not to look back, just keep going and do the best we can. I'm sure you all got that impression of him as well.

"He never talked to me about his last wishes, so I just went ahead with what I thought he would like most. All of you made that possible for me and kept the details straight so that I didn't have to worry about it. Just saying thank you is not enough, but it is all I have for now. So please accept my gratitude and remember him full of life and going 90 miles an hour.

Vickie (Hagerman) Harris


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