A chair sits in a yard.. It may look out of place but it's in honor of Zachary Williams.
Williams was killed in the Joplin tornado and community members are making sure he is not forgotten.
The school district denied Zachary's mom's request to save an empty seat for Zach at graduation.
"Once I heard this story I just could not believe that a page had to be made to help get this to happen you know we should do the right thing," says Charlie Brown, founder of save one for Zach. He is asking others to join him in placing a lone chair outside their homes until May 22nd ..this years graduation day.
" A lot of what they've said is they don't want it to be about a child that died in the tornado and the children to be sad about that-- and they could've very easily moved it to the Sunday before or the Sunday after so i mean they're kind of doing it to the kids themselves," said Tammy Niederhelman, mom of Zachary.
Joplin School District gave this statement,
" ...Joplin High School will recognize Zachary and the six other students and one staff member who died as a result of the May 22, 2011 tornado during our graduation ceremony on May 22, 2016. We will display their names on a screen and hold a moment of silence."
But no empty chairs..
"I spent the majority of my nights crying myself to sleep because i had so many mixed emotions about it," says Niederhelman.
"Save one for Zach" will hold a memorial service on graduation day ..for Zach and all those who died in the tornado with donated staging, sound equipment, and chairs graced with cap and gown for the event.
Zach's mom says she appreciates the idea of hosting a separate memorial..
"Emotional but very happy emotional that someone who hasn't met me or further more never knew Zachary would put so much effort forth to show love and to join the community that supports us together for him."
And thanks to the "Save one for Zach" - now Zach will have his special moment.
Save one for Zach will be held at Par Hill Park at East 18th St, Joplin, Missouri 64801 at 5:30 PM
Link to save one for Zach Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/479522485566516/
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