Sunday, September 8, 2013
Titanic Historical Society 50th Anniversary Convention: Day 5
Today was a bittersweet day. I was sad to leave my friends and this atmosphere and go back home, but I also missed my own bed. I went over to the remembrance service early in the morning. Being a Reformed Baptist, I'm not used to that kind of service but it was still interesting to experience. We sang "O God, our help in Ages Past," "Eternal Father Strong to Save," and "Nearer My God To Thee." Rev. Demass led the prayers and sermon. Rev. Statler also offered some reflections and did a good job singing Mary Fahl's "Going Home." I especially enjoyed his song because it was written for one of my favorite films, "Gods and Generals." Then we went over to the museum where we had a group photo in front of the museum. I wish we went inside. I would have liked to walk up the Grand Staircase one last time. But we didn't have time as we said our good byes to some and the rest of us went over to the Applewood Farm restaurant for our final meal together. We had a wonderful southern meal together and we were able to sit at the same table as Phil Gowan, the Trowers, Mike Herbold, and another couple. We had wonderful conversations and then the master of ceremonies, Paul Burns, stood up and led us in singing happy birthday to Karen Kamuda who has one coming up. After that, they presented certificates thanking everybody who played an instrumental part in the event. Then came a touching moment with Ed Kamuda presented his wife, Karen, with a plaque thanking her for her dedication to the THS. I don't think there was a dry eye in the room. Both of the Kamudas deserved all the thanks they got and more. Their tireless efforts to make the THS, Commutator, and conventions possible are noteworthy. Then came the hard part. We said good bye, saying that we'll see each other next year at the next convention. I certainly hope so. They're a lovely group of people and I certainly will make an effort to make it to the next convention.