Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Memorable Memorial

Only 11,000 fans were lucky enough to get seats inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday for Michael Jackson's Memorial. The star-studded memorial included speeches and performances by well-known celebrities who were friends with the late King of Pop.

An article on cnn.com includes a direct quote from Paris Katherine Jackson (11), Michael Jackson's daughter, stating that he was "the best father you could ever imagine." Paris fought back the tears as she joined the rest of the Jackson family in mourning their great loss.

Brooke Shields, who had been friends with Jackson since she was 13, gave an emotional goodbye, as did Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, Queen Latifah, Martin Luther King III, and Rev. Sharpton, just to name a few.

Emotional performances by Usher, Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz, John Mayer, Jermaine Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Lionel Ritchie brought tears to those who were watching, and loving messages were read from Nelson Mandela and Diana Ross.

The memorial came to an end with beautiful renditions of Heal the World and We Are the World performed by Michael Jackson's family, celebrity friends, and band members gathered together on stage. It was an emotional event for everyone who witnessed it, and there is no doubt that the King of Pop will live in our hearts forver.


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