It was a beautiful tribute and service today, saying goodbye to Caylee. I hope it provided some closure for the family and that they are able to find some peace. There were a little over 1,000 people in attendance.
Here’s the program for the service.
First Baptist Orlando — Tuesday 10, 2009 — 10 a.m. — Worship Center
Piano Medley of Caylee’s Favorite Songs — Donna Cox
“Child of Mine” — Katie Cox
“The Prayer” — Nancy Rodriguez
Prayer — Pastor David Uth
“No More Night” — Kyle Thomas
Message — Pastor David Uth
“My Heart Will Go On” — Nancy Rodriguez
“One More Day” — Glenn Cox
“Because Jesus Lives” — Broken Vessels
Message — Shane Stutzman
“I Can Only Imagine” — Pastor Herkie Walls
Words from Caylee’s Family — Anthony Family Members
“O How He Loves You and Me” — Pastor Herkie Walls
“Homesick” — Kyle Thomas
“If I Had Only Known” — Katie Cox
Gone Too Soon — Video
“Caylee’s Song” — Jon Whynock (That will be so tough)
Prayer — Shane Stutzman
“To Where You Are” — Kyle Thomas
Prayer — Pastor David Uth
Lee, George and Cindy all spoke and all mentioned Casey. Lee, I think, did it in code. He kept saying C-M-A, repeatedly and went on to say, I will keep my promise to you, you give me strength and teach me about how to live CMA. To me, it was OBVIOUS he was speaking to both Caylee Marie Anthony and Casey Marie Anthony and he was doing it in order to show Casey that he supports her. It was a bit bizarre. George was right up front about mentioning Casey and pleaded w/people to write to her in jail, even if only to say “hi!” He also gave a loving and personal tribute to Caylee– he talked about her personality and the things she loved, like green beans– it was very sweet. I think (I hope) this service will be very healing for George. Cindy, spoke directly to Casey, saying I love you and hope you can hear me right now. She talked about Caylee’s sweetness and the things she loved too- but to me it seemed the focus was on Casey. And that’s when she got a bit emotional. Cindy’s msg to Casey: I love you and wish I could comfort you. I wish I could take away your tears. I want to thank you for giving me the greatest gift- Caylee. Caylee was so much like you she had your beauty, your compassion. She then said that God had blessed her w/3 beautiful children? Which was weird…I guess she’s including Caylee as one of her children…um that may have been part of the problem.
So all in all I think it was a beautiful service. I even think that mentioning Casey is understandable I just think I might have handled it a bit differently but who am I to judge? But, I do think there’s a way to do it where people would be understanding- she’s their daughter, they love her and she has yet to be found guilty. I just wish they were getting some better PR advice- I think that as soon as they mentioned her, in the way that they did- for some people it just flipped the switch and the rage took over for sympathy.
Jose showed up to visit Casey at the jail about 30 minutes before the service. Supposedly he brought his laptop so they may have watched the service. Even though the spiteful b!tch made it perfectly clear her parents betrayed her wishes as to the service. Jose is so special.
While the memorial might not be the place to do it, I can’t help but think if that were my sister sitting in jail and I truly believed she was innocent – I would be pleading, pleading w/the public- to help me find out what happened, pleading w/the people involved- someone always talks, won’t someone pls come forward, pleading w/the people in Orlando- someone must have seen something! I would take every chance I could get to talk to the media and even if I couldn’t -God forbid- reveal any of the defense strategy, I would still be asking for answers. If they truly believe she’s innocent- I think it hurts her case to not make a case to the media. IF someone else did it- ask the people around them to come forward, ask them to confess etc. Don’t they want to know WHO KILLED CAYLEE? And that will be it for my rant (for today). I think Casey didn’t watch the memorial, in order to spite her parents and bc she doesn’t want people to judge her reactions- the jailers. It’s more important to her to have that privacy than to share in the beautiful service her family put together to say good bye to Caylee. Casey will always come first w/Casey.
This day is for Caylee– we all mourn her loss and wish we knew how and why she was taken from here.