Friday, August 31, 2012

Goodbye, England's rose...

Unbelievably, it was 15 years ago today—August 31, 1997—that Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were tragically killed in a car crash in Paris. While Diana's legacy lives on, both through the amazing charitable work and social crusades she was involved in, and of course, through her children, Prince William and Prince Harry, her loss is still felt across the world.

Diana's death is one of those moments you can remember vividly. Friends of mine from summer camp, Scott Fisher and Jon Gosset, were visiting another old friend, Robert Honigman, and we had all gotten together for dinner. When we returned to Robert's house, the news was reporting that Diana had been in a car crash but that she had only broken her arm.

By the time I arrived back at my house, the news had changed drastically, and the world was notified of her untimely, tragic death. It seemed so unreal to believe that someone so full of life and passion, so committed to making the world a better place, so devoted to her children, and so determined to rise above the tragedy and tumult in her life in order to make her mark.

Despite her leaving this world far, far too soon, I think there's little doubt she left an indelible mark on our world. We all were fortunate that she was willing to share herself, her passions, and her zeal with the world.

We truly were the lucky ones.

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