Thursday, April 9, 2009

Want to help change the world?

I received this email from Todd Matthews of Namus. I thought I would share it with everyone:


Dear Friends,


This past weekend -- I spoke at an event in Albany, New York.

http://www.hope4themissing.org/missingpersonsday09.asp

The event has been arranged annually for 8 years by Doug and Mary Lyall. Parents of missing Suzanne Lyall, founders of the Center For Hope and two of the most wonderful people I have ever encountered. I knew they were the salt of the earth, but after spending time with them over the course of these event -- I cannot describe their dedication and tireless effort. You would have to encounter them in person to truly realize their full compassion.

They managed to establish a New York Missing Persons Day -- and established a monument for the missing in Albany --

http://www.hope4themissing.org/remorial.asp


They came CLOSE to getting a National Missing Persons Day --- one sig sort of becoming a reality.


http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/860407/national_day_for_missing_one_signature.html?cat=17


I suggested they try again -- this time as a National Missing and Unidentified Persons Day.


We've had a state level success occur in Missouri --


http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/849639/first_missing_and_unidentified_persons.html?cat=17


And we can make this happen at a National Level as well.


This needs media coverage to help shine a light on this effort --- if you can help -- please do, or refer to a media colleague. We have to make this happen for the more than 100,000 missing -- and the between 40,000 - 50,000 sets of unidentified remains.

-- Todd




Todd Matthews
NamUs /Southeast Region
Regional Systems Administrator
www.NamUs.gov
931-397-3893

NamUs - National Missing and
Unidentified Persons System

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