Richard King wrote these words after the memorial day for Chris held at Essendon Baseball Club two Sundays ago and I quote:
“An open letter to the people of Duncan USA and the broader nation of America.
Today we paid tribute to one of our Essendon Baseball Club family, Christopher Lane. Chris was much loved and his short lifetime of just 22 years belied the impact he had on so many people here and in the U.S.
Today, at our humble little baseball field, the national anthems of USA and Australia played back to back. The flags of both countries were held by our EBC youngsters with pride. A great deal of love was extended to the Lane family and to Chris’ girlfriend, Sarah Harper (a remarkable young lady) and the Harper family. We were as one.
EBC’s talented youngsters will continue to strive to attain the very best they can achieve in our wonderful sport. EBC will continue to support and nurture their talents and encourage their journeys. The circumstances leading to Chris’ passing have not and will not subdue the ambitions of our fine young people. We are as one.
We have nothing but respect for the people of Duncan, ECU, Redlands College and U.S. baseball in general and we thank you sincerely for the opportunities you provide, for the outpouring of emotion you have shown for Chris and the support you have shown for the Lane family and for Sarah and her family.
We are as one. EBC love to you all.”
The people of Duncan need to understand that we know they are a fine community that holds dear the values that Chris was taught to embrace – family, education and career and in these tough times I would ask that they continue to embrace those values as the cornerstones of their community.
I would also acknowledge that there are many people that the Lane family would like to thank and we will do that personally over the next few weeks as we return ourselves to the day to day lives that Chris would want us to get on with.