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Before My Husband's Death, Our Last Wedding Anniversary Was Celebrated In New York
We saw the award winning Broadway hit #Hamilton, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre which is a compelling American musical. During our vacation, my husband Walker and I also attended a live taping of Amateur Night At the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. It was hosted by Steve Harvey, who was hysterical as the audience inspired and rejected various forms of talented individuals which consisted of singers, dancers and comedians. While on vacation, we visited the #9/11 Memorial Museum, located at 180 Greenwich Street, New York, NY. The photos, displays and remnants from the Twin Towers, ignited a feeling of extreme sadness and disgust as each visitor possibly ask themselves, "why did this evil ever occur?" We also spent two days during our visit, touring various locations throughout New York such as Times Square, Harlem, Wall Street, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and numerous other locations.
Our Thanks for the Love and Encouragement We Received During His Death
The month of June, was a very tremendously difficult time for our family. Without the loving support of our Heavenly Father Jehovah God, who inspired thousands to send their love and prayers for our family, we could not have gotten through this difficult time. My husband's company PECO Energy or Exelon, has been there for us from the day of my husband's death and continues to be supportive to our family after Walker's death. Our spiritual brothers and sisters, family and friends from all over the world have extended their loving support which we will never forget. We genuinely appreciate our local neighbors, who now calls the lane we live on Walker's Way, with special signs posted for all to see. My daughters Jaleesa, Wanisha, along with my son-in-law Mo, will never forget these special accolades in honor of the memory of my "Baby," Walker Carter.
Delicious Food During Our Celebration in New York
On our anniversary, we ate at the famous Carmine's Restaurant, where the food was delectable and abundant. We also had the opportunity to eat at such locations as Chevy's, with its tasty Mexican entrees, as well as a few other local restaurants near our hotel. Yes, this was my husband Walker and I, last wedding anniversary together due to his death weeks later but it was adventurous, romantic and unforgettable. New York, will always have a special place in my heart because we embraced life, with all its sights, sounds, smells and taste. Join me, as I share these last memorable moments of our last vacation, wedding anniversary and celebration together.
Hamilton, An Outstanding Broadway Hit With A Mixture of Music and History
My husband Walker, was accidentally killed during the month of June 2017. Before his #death, we celebrated our thirty first wedding anniversary on June 7th, in New York. It was a spectacular celebration that included the Broadway hit, Hamilton. We sat in the audience, with a profound appreciation for creativity-given to us by our Grand Creator Jehovah God. Hamilton, is a powerful musical that masterfully blends ". . .hip-hop, rhythm and blues, pop music, traditional-style show tunes, and color conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures. The musical achieved both critical acclaim and box office success," explained Wikipedia.
The Broadway Musical Hamilton, Continues to Reach the Hearts of Our Youths
The Broadway hit Hamilton, continues to receive rave reviews. Gayle King of CBS This Morning stated, "The songs and dancers have found their way into summer camps and classrooms. Nancy Cordes, a correspondent, visited one of the places where it happened." Nancy, spoke to some of the young people, in regards to how they spent their summer. "Well, thousands of kids went back in time to America's founding, learning acting, dance and history all through the musical Hamilton." Cordes, went on to refer to these young ones as #Hamilkids. "As kids head back to school, the popular hit Broadway musical Hamilton, is changing the way they learn about the country's early history." These Hamilkids, ". . .are picking up a new love of history through song and dance."
Alexander Hamilton, who is featured on the ten dollar bill continues to draw the interest of young people. Nancy Cordes also mentioned, "But for most kids they would not have had much interest in this man or in the time period until recently. The musical Hamilton, gave them a soundtrack and a story that brought the nation's founding to life. Two years in and it is still the hottest ticket on Broadway. But Hamilton is also firing up young imaginations far from New York City. In places like Kansas City, Laguna Beach and Chicago, where the musical has kids singing and dancing their way back in time."
Admiration continues to be demonstrated by kids through the establishment of Hamilton Dance Camps. The creator of this hit #Lin Manuel Miranda, was interviewed in 2016 on CBS This Morning when he stated, "Teaching history has become part of the musical's core mission. What's exciting is we've got 20,000 students coming to see the show over the course of the next year and one of the things that is part of the curriculum when they come to the show is: their creating performance pieces based on other histories." Additional information was presented about the creation of, "EduHam, with 13,000 kids in New York. It will reach more than 250,000 students over the next five years. Bringing an intensive Hamilton theme History curriculum to kids all over the country as the musical continues its US tour."
The lead actor who played #Alexander Hamilton, when we attended this musical was #Javier Munoz. He replaced Lin Manuel, after his last Broadway appearance in July 2016. Munoz, appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The host of this show, who is Colbert asked, "You have a real interest and inspiring story, that you are H.I.V positive and you've also beat cancer and so, you've had the experience to think about your own death?" Javier answered by explaining, "The root of my drive is the fear of dying." These words were heartwrenching to me now that I have dealt with the loss of my husband Walker, who will always be my dear, sweet, "Baby." He battled stage four #cancer for months. I constantly prayed to Jehovah God, that Walker would come through his treatment of cancer successfully; although my fear of his death was constant. Walker, survived cancer and became an example to many. My fears of his death had subsided, when he was accidentally electrocuted on his job during the month of June. It has been tremendously difficult to write or say these words since Walker's death. I am thankful my husband and I had the opportunity to see Hamilton, before his death. It was an impeccable level of drama, music and history with its #Hip Hop narrative that brought us and other audience members to out feet in applauds. This source of genuine creativity, will always have a unique place in my heart as well.
The Celebration of Our Last Wedding Anniversary in New YorkClick thumbnail to view full-size
Amateur Night At the Apollo Theater Was Filled With Cultural History and Laughter
For the first time, we had the wonderful privilege to visit #Apollo Theater, during our trip to New York. My husband Walker and I, stood in line for hours to see Amateur Night, hosted by the very talented and funny, Steve Harvey. It was hysterical with Harvey, as host of this live televised event. The program consisted of such comedians as Bruce Bruce, with an array of singers, dancers and amateur comics. Audience members either agreed or disagreed that these amateurs were talented and if they were not; they were escorted off stage by a dancer. Steve, would then make a hilarious remark about their abundance of talent or lack thereof.
Apollo Theater's Outstanding Historical Contribution to Entertainment
Wikipedia, explained how, "Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of New York's most popular live entertainment experiences, attracting performers and audiences the world over. The classic competition is known for its notoriously 'tough' audience, gleefully deciding 'who will be good or be gone' to win the grand prize. Who will be the next Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown or #Michael Jackson? At Amateur Night, you decide."
The intriguing book, Apollo Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing, How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment, is filled with beautiful photos and outstanding historical facts about this major landmark within Harlem, New York. Within the Editor's Note, this question was presented, "What makes this theater in Harlem a singular proving ground for performers like no other? When we set out to answer this question, we called upon a diverse group of historians, critics, journalists and experts in dance, comedy, and music who analyzed and synthesized the impact of this inimitable theater. We also drew on performers and eyewitnesses who were there." This major institution of creativity has established the foundation of entertainment that has been featured throughout the world.
At the end of the evening, after seeing numerous dancers, comedians, singers and other performers, a very talented Asian looking man who had the voice of Whitney Houston, won the contest for the evening. It was an absolutely amazing show, full of laughter and all out, pure fun. I will never forget how much fun Walker and I had that night, laughing at Steve Harvey and the other performers. The Apollo Theater, also will always have a jubilant place in my heart and memories.
During Our Vacation We Also Visited the 9/11 Memorial MuseumClick thumbnail to view full-size
Our Visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum Before My Husband's Death Was Powerful
Upon our arrival at the #9/11 Memorial Museum, we walked in the midst of landscaped trees that intermingled, ". . .with two square pools in the center where the Twin Towers stood," explained Wikipedia. The contrast of trees, pools and magnificent architecture brought sadness and joy to our hearts as we entered this museum. A morbid feeling of death surrounded me. Never, did I comprehend that a tribute of such magnitude and purpose; would have such a profound effect on my life 13 days later. My husband Walker, died on June 21st, we visited this museum on June 8th, 2017. I am still encapsulated in a plethora of feelings that will never leave me.
A Brief History of the 911 Memorial Museum
During my research on the history of this museum Wikipedia stated, "On September 11, 2011, a dedication ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the attacks was held at the memorial. It opened to the public the following day; the museum was dedicated on May 15, 2014 and opened on May 21. Three months after its opening, the memorial had been visited by over a million people. In 2012, the 9/11 Tribute Center collaborated with the 9/11 Memorial to offer private tours, which are hosted by family members of victims, first responders, and survivors." Background information was also presented, "Its exhibits include 23,000 images, 10,300 artifacts, nearly 2,000 oral histories of those killed-mostly provided by friends and families-and over 500 hours of video."
At the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial Museum on May 15, 2014, numerous dignitaries attended this event such as former #President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, along with Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. Recently, during a ceremony for the museum entitled, Marking the 16th Anniversary of 9/11, featured on ABC World News Now, Vice President Mike Pence expressed these words about the 9/11 victims, "As long as America endures, we will tell their story." Some of the individuals who attended the museum's original dedication acknowledged that, "During the five days between its dedication and the public opening, over 42,000 first responders and family members of 9/11 victims visited the museum." The ticket price for entrance to the museum is about $24.
A Powerful Solution To Help Those Who Lost A Loved One
I gained tremendous comfort after the death of my husband and visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. I read this article entitled, Weep With Those Who Weep, a July 2017 publication, page 12, paragraphs 1-3 which stated, "Whether you have personally lost a loved one in death or know someone who is bereaved, you may wonder, 'How can grieving ones be helped to deal with their heartache? Perhaps you have heard it said that time is a great healer. However, does it really follow that time by itself will heal a broken heart? . . .Yes, like a physical wound, the pain of an emotional wound may gradually ease over time if it is given tender care. What, specifically, can help bereaved individuals heal their painful emotional wounds? Without a doubt, the primary source of consolation is our compassionate heavenly Father, Jehovah.' As 2Corinthians 1:3,4 states, ' Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we received from God." I would like to leave you with these encouraging words which have proven to be my source of strength on a daily basis; along with my faith and trust in Jehovah God as I put appreciate the tremendous sacrifice of his precious son Jesus Christ. Reading and meditating on God's word daily, gives me the visceral realization that we will see our deceased loved one again in the future based on the hope of the resurrection. I look forward to that time in the future to see my husband Walker, again. This is where I find solace and comfort.