Albertville will soon begin construction on a memorial to remember JessicaAlbertville, MN (WDAY TV) -- When firefighters and city officials Albertville, Minnesota contacted Stacy and Kim Weishair, an invitation was made to attend a city council meeting. That gathering would change their life.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Albertville, MN (WDAY TV) -- When firefighters and city officials Albertville, Minnesota contacted Stacy and Kim Weishair, an invitation was made to attend a city council meeting. That gathering would change their life.
Albertville will soon begin construction on a memorial to remember the Weishair's 16-year old daughter, Jessica, who died in a bus crash on I-94 in 2008.
"It has really affected them too."
Kim and Stacy Weishair are surrounded with great memories of a daughter they adored. Angels, butterflies, pictures of the teen-ager who was taken too soon. A candle burns always in her memory. And not a day goes by....
"All the time. All the time."
That the couple doesn't grieve her loss.
"Every day, every day. All the time."
But now comes word the city of Albertville. Inspired by it's volunteer firefighters, is putting up a memorial at the site of the bus crash that claimed Jessica's life that day in 2008. Firefighters who told the family, that day changed them forever.
Kim Weishair/Jessica's Dad: "They have kids of their own and they realized what it was once that happened that this could be my kid."
Stacy Weishair/Jessica's mom: "They say not a day goes by they don't think about it and they said it is a healing thing for them too."
In fact for the last few years, someone has gone to the scene of the crash often, in the summer, to mow and keep clean, the spot where Jessica died.
Kim: "This Rob looked at us and said when I mow my yard, i come over here and mow this."
The family has brought flowers, crosses, wreathes to the scene. But now with this memorial,
Kim: "It is going to be cool, I can't wait. a permanent way to honor this bubbly, promising teenager. A place her family can find comfort."
Stacy: "It is bitter sweet Kevin, it really is. It is going to be beautiful but it is going to mark the spot."
Clearly, a life that touched many. And what better way to repay, than to forever remember her.
The memorial could be completed by April.