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July 30, 2009
Several large bouquets of flowers are strapped by tape to the traffic light pole at the corner of 23rd and Sixth. A sign tells why.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF BETTY KAPETANAKIS
WHO WAS STRUCK DOWN ON
THIS CORNER BY A GARBAGE TRUCK
ON JULY 29, 2002


I don't need the sign. I've remembered the occasion, without floral representation, every year for the past seven. I don't remember the victim's name, so I'm thankful for the ordinary sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 paper, the kind found in an ordinary office. This way I can say, "I remember you, Betty" before passing.