Those peers of mine that were lost and injured were great examples and leaders in The Pride of Herndon Marching Band, at Herndon High School, and within the Herndon community. They were actively involved in a variety of activities -- band, theatre, scouting, charity, and more. They were also people who loved making others happy and putting others before themselves and they would do that with little acts of kindness ranging from surprising people with flamingos in the yard to being the leaders of Herndon's Pride. I was lucky enough to have the privilege of working with those people throughout my time at Herndon High School. They were some of the most outstanding leaders and people I have worked with. They always cared about how other people were feeling, they made people happy with their Pride spirit, and they made sure the band was always striving to "be better today than they were yesterday." I thank Holly for the time I was able to work with her as drum majors, Kyle for his large desire to make people happy and support the school/band program, Dale for his leadership within the band and his motivation to be the best he and the ensemble could be, and Kevin for his leadership over the pit and drumline, for also always wanting to be the best he and the ensemble could be, and also for being a great friend since elementary school. Their influence will always be remembered.
That event ties into my spiritual thought [religious perspective]: God has a perfect plan of happiness of each of us. It started before we came to Earth and it continues on after this life. Dale, Kyle, and Holly live on. Their spirits are in a place where they can continue to learn, grow, and be happy. Just like birth is part of God's plan for us, so is death. Birth brings us to this stage in our eternal life and death moves us on to the next stage of our eternal life. This is a hard thing to have happen. It is tragic. I know that as we rely on God through prayer, scripture study, and church attendance, He will ease this burden that now rests on many of us.