Pat Shingleton: "Remembering..."
Within many situations, projects, assignments and directives we are asked for assistance and solicit the assistance of others. In the early stages of "The St. Patrick's Day Parade, The Wearin' of the Green," I struggled with securing resources to advance the parade. That's when T.J. Moran and Gary Mockler came to my rescue. They too recognized the importance of recognizing the day for the Patron Saint of Ireland and showcasing the heritage of the Irish. Today and tomorrow we will pause to extend our appreciation to T.J. through and with his family and friends. T.J. leaves a tremendous legacy to Baton Rouge in many levels of philanthropy. He was always there for me whether it was Coats for Kids, Fill-A-Prescription or our Children's Miracle Network Telethons, years ago. With this noted, cemeteries provide a lasting history of our ancestors and an historical catalog for further investigation of our ancestors. Years ago a couple of college students decided to design a lasting memorial with Eternal Reefs. The concept includes securing the ashes of the deceased, adding them to concrete and placing them in artificial reefs. Owners of the company claim that their "reef balls" can help repair environmental damage by creating a perpetual reef. The balls are designed to last 500 years and are equipped with holes to dissipate currents and generate a special surface texture that encourages growth of coral and other marine life. The "reef balls" have been installed offshore, along the Gulf Coast, creating the Great Egg Reef.