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Richard J. Heakin

We take walks in and around our neighborhood. If you take time to notice things, there are many interesting things that we often pass and ignore. For example, we have a huge statue in the middle of a small park. The statue is dedicated to Pancho Villa, who invaded the United States from Mexico and set a town on fire, but he is a hero to many Mexicans. There is the Statue dedicated to  the Mormon Battalion.

Near the Mormon Battalion, under a tree is a headstone for a grave. No one is buried here. It is a memorial marker dedicated to Richard Heakin, a young gay man. He was a visitor to Tucson in 1976. He was killed because he was gay.  We stop at this gravestone marker and reflect on our attitudes and the attitudes of other people towards the GLBT community.  Our attitudes have matured over time.

We know that the GLBT community has come a long way and has a long way to go.  We just hope that all people can get along and accept each other.

Have a good day.

 

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