Northern Illinois University—Remembering Those Lost on February 14, 2008by Representative Bill Foster
Posted on 2013-02-14
in the house of representatives
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Mr. FOSTER. Mr. Speaker, it is with a heavy heart that I rise today
to ask the House to observe a moment of silence for the tragedy that
occurred at Northern Illinois University five years ago. On February
14, 2008, we lost five very bright and energetic young students--
students who had hoped to one day become the future of our nation.
Each year since that tragic day, members of the community gather to remember those students and to present the memorial wreathes. Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Julianna Gehant, Ryanne Mace, and Daniel Parmenter will never be forgotten, for they will always be in our hearts. Their memories will live on through their family and friends, as well as Northern Illinois University.
``Forward, Together Forward,'' three simple words that stem from the University's Fight Song, teach us a lesson that we can all learn from. It reminds us that even in the darkest of situations, when all seems lost, if we come together as a community there is nothing that we cannot get through. It gives us the strength and motivation to move forward.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in remembering those lost and to support all who were affected by this tragedy.