It has been a year since you died, Miles. You were taken, stolen, fallen, whichever term we use is irrelevant - you are gone. I'd like to remind everyone that if Miles was here the last thing he'd let anyone do is be upset. If you knew him, you know what I just said is 110% true. He was literally the most sincere person anyone could ever meet and when he knew someone was upset he would be there for them until the problem was solved. I've personally seen this take place many times and how glad I am for that cannot be put into words that I was able to witness him at his very best, so frequently. It is devastating to think he can't be here to give such wonderful displays of pure human kindness any longer, a kindness that lit up this world and without him here able to show such great acts leaves us in a much dimmer reality. But on this day we should remember why he was so amazing, we should remember that death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of human sight.
Remember that Miles would not have wanted anyone to despair over the injustice of his death, the absolute unfairness of him being taken. Think of your favourite memory of him and focus on it intently as the next 24 hours passes so that each time it seems like it's all too much to take and you start to hurt and cry, you instead have a tear of joy because you knew someone wonderful and not everyone gets to say that in their lifetime. He truly enriched each and every single one of us and we must remember that we were truly lucky to call him our friend. The deceased are never truly dead to us until they are forgotten, and I say with the greatest certainty I've ever known that he will not be forgotten.
The fact that Miles was so young and full of life must undoubtedly be the toughest part about his passing, along with the way it happened. Life and death truly are balanced on the edge of a razor - what a sickening lesson to learn and one we all could have done without. But we learned it didn't we? And with tragedy we must take what good we can or we really are at true despair. I don't mean to say that you should be glad of the knowledge that life can end in a heartbeat, rather I mean to say that now that you've been forced to learn it, let us never forget it. Let us remind those among us who are too ignorant to have learned the lesson themselves just how important a lesson it is. Miles was ripped away from us and the very least we can do is to remind the ones too self absorbed to realize what a finicky thing life can be and that life can indeed be cut short.
Now let's be clear, Miles' death wasn't just tragic, it was unjust. Unjust not entirely in the sense that he was young, but also in a large way because justice has not yet been served. So many people have acted in such childish ways but we must not hate or judge because who really knows how to act in such a grief driven situation? Certainly some of us know how not to act, how not to be disrespectful, and some have shown over this last year that they cannot show respect to those who they owe it to. Justice will come as long as we make it come. We must not quiet our voices or lose integrity no matter how unpopular our views are. We owe this to Miles for all the wonderful memories he gave to us. The dead cannot cry out for justice, it is the duty of the living to do so for them.
Remember Miles, an amazing young man with a lust for life so vibrant, a personality so magnetic and a family influence so magnificently positive that even at the ripe young age of 18 he was more of a human being than any of us, save his own family, will ever grow to be. Remember each time we hit a birthday that we should not gripe about losing youth because growing old is not a curse, it's a privilage.
You will always be remembered, you will be celebrated.
You will never be forgotten, these tears still haven't faded.
Rest In Peace Miles
To all of Miles' friends I say that while we are mourning the loss of our friend others have rejoiced in meeting him beyond the veil.
And to the entire Hamilton family I give my deepest sympathies and offer these words: Death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity, and Miles truely is, eternal greatness.