A sign of respect warmed a woman’s heart

Published 9:47 am Thursday, October 31, 2019

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A Holden, La. woman will never forget her experience driving through Atmore.

Sissy Buchanan was in town last week to attend a funeral.

She said as they were making their way through town in the processional, every car pulled over and people bowed their heads as a sign of respect.

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“I’ve never seen such respect,” Buchanan said. “We had one police officer leading the way. A lot the cars don’t pull over here (in Holden). That’s what impressed me so much about it.”

Buchanan came upon a familiar site all area residents witness when a procession comes throught town.

Recently, as I made my way back to the office, I noticed an Atmore police officer blocking traffic on Hwy. 31, standing at attention and in salute.

Curious, I got closer and realized it was indeed a funeral procession.

My heart warmed, much like, I think, Buchanan’s.

Having respect for the dead is quite important, and a lesson that should be taught to every one.

So, the next time I see a funeral procession, no matter where I am, I’m pulling over.

Yeah, the driver behind me might curse me and give me the finger, but I don’t care — it’s done out of respect.

Speaking of the dead, tomorrow is all hallow’s eve, or Halloween.

In Mexico, people celebrate El Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Day.

The celebration lasts from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, and is significant for prayer and rememberances of friends and family members who have died.

In high school, we were taught in Spanish that people would leave items for the dead to celebrate their lives.

Much like this celebration, the processionals serve as a lasting sign of respect for those who have gone on to the next phase in life.

“It was an actual honor to see that people still care and have respect,” Buchanan said. “Please, keep it up.”