To the Editor:
Chris was our shining star that dimmed way to soon. He enriched many people’s lives in his short time here, and his memory will live forever in our hearts. We would like to thank the many people of the community who showed their support during this difficult time.
A special thank-you to the Valley Stream Fire Department for their brotherly love. Chris proudly became a member on Memorial Day. We would also like to recognize the students and faculty of Valley Stream South High School who have shown us tremendous support. Chris was a part of the Class of 2013.
“He Is Gone”
You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he would want:
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
— David Harkins
Carole, Wally and Keri Schroeder