Family honors Jackson in memorial service program
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mourners at the Michael Jackson memorial service were handed full-color, glossy programs filled with triumphant photos and emotional tributes to the King of Pop.
The metallic gold program is filled with pictures of Jackson with his brothers and sisters, celebrities and world leaders. The program features testimonials from Jackson family members and opened with a full page by La Toya Jackson recalling a day in 1980 when Jackson watched the Grammy ceremony and was crying because he only won one Grammy.
He promised her that on his next album, he would win more Grammys than anyone in music history.
"I will be the biggest and the greatest entertainer of all time," she quoted him as saying.
She added, "You've lived your dream, you've proven to us all that if you believe, you will achieve; you believed, and oh my, did you achieve!"
The program also includes statements from Thomas Mesereau Jr., the lawyer who defended him on child molestation charges, and Grace Rwaramba, the longtime nanny to Jackson's children.
The statements include a common theme that Jackson would live forever in the hearts of those who loved him and many felt they would see him in heaven.
The final picture on the back cover is of Jackson rehearsing for his "This is It" comeback show on June 23. An acknowledgment says: "Without the love and devotion of Michael's beloved mother, Mrs. Katherine Jackson, this program would not have been possible."
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