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Gratitude and Remembrance - January 10, 2004

January 10, 2004, marked two years since Rachel Cooke disappeared while jogging near her parents' Georgetown, Texas, home. Around 175 friends, family, members of the media and law enforcement, and those who searched, provided donations, and supported Rachel's family in every way gathered at Faith Lutheran Church in Georgetown once again. Rachel was honored, and the Cooke family thanked some of the thousands of people who have helped them through this awful experience.

Members of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Texas EquuSearch, Gabriel's Gifts, Laura Recovery Center, Bikers Against Child Abuse, and Travis County Search and Rescue also joined us. Rachel's family and friends spoke about Rachel to the audience. We laughed, we cried, and we remembered Rachel. That is what the day was all about.

The remembrance included a white dove release at 5:00 p.m. Four birds were released. One bird for Rachel, one for her father, one for her mother, and one for her sister. The birds circled twice and then headed home.

A candlelight prayer service concluded the remembrance at 6:00 p.m. Twenty four candles lined the communion rail. Each candle represented one month since Rachel has been missing. We want to thank Faith Lutheran Church and all of the rest for making this special day possible.

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