Denver fans gathered by the hundreds to remember their princess, Carrie Fisher. The vigil took place last night Dec. 28, 2016 at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver. People came to pay their respects. Bigger than life, there was an actual X-Wing fighter jet behind a table with a picture of Princess Leia displayed. Along with the candles there was a lovely drawing of Carrie stating “I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.” It was beautiful.
The crowd proudly lifted their lightsabers and candles high in honor and memory of the actress, the writer, and the inspirational mental health advocate. Stories were swapped and memories were shared by all ages. It was a somber evening mixed with tears, smiles, and even a little laughter.
The world lost Carrie Fisher two days ago Dec. 27, 2016 after a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Not only known as our beloved Princess Leia, Fisher was loved for her memorable roles in “The Blues Brothers” and “When Harry Met Sally,” and was a witty and brilliant writer also known for her novel “Postcards from the Edge” and her one-woman show “Wishful Drinking,” and so much more brilliance. Fisher had finished her filming on “Star Wars” episode eight due out December 2017.
One of the speakers was Patrick Gillies, Commander of the rebel legion in the area who delivered the most painful blow of the evening by announcing that Carrie’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, had just passed away. The crowd gasped, cried, and hugged with support. It was unimaginable. However, there were indeed glimmers of joy last night. Many fans of all ages were dressed in “Star Wars” cosplay and T-shirts. One of the bright moments of the evening was watching the younglings engaging in light saber battles. Although it is painful, we need to remember the words of Yoda. “Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not.”