Michael Jackson Is Remembered and Loved Six Years Later

Michael Jackson is Remembered and Loved Six Years Later

Although it’s hard to believe it’s been six years, it’s soothing, heart breaking and life affirming all at once to see how the love for Michael Jackson is as present as it was on the day we lost him. As Michael once said, “My fans truly are a part of me. We share something that most people will never experience.” After his death, we continue to share our passion and love for Michael with each other.

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My Three Michael Jackson dolls.

Every year on the anniversary of his death I make my way to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, and walk slowly amidst a sea of love of homemade cards, stuffed animals,drawings, paintings, sunflowers, roses and handmade books from all over the globe. I see these offerings as proof. Proof there is love in every corner of the world from Japan to Korea, Italy to Germany to Poland as the fans pay their respects to the man, the man in the mirror who simply wanted to spread messages of love and tolerance, of forgiveness and kindness and of healing the world. When Michael sang, “Another Part of Me”, he was light years ahead in terms of consciousness. With his raised consciousness he acted with fearless integrity and understood the essence of this era: Recognize the other person is you.

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Forest Lawn Glendale,
25 June 2015

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Flowers for Michael at Holly Terrace 25 June 2015

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Bad era. Forest Lawn. 25 June 2015

I am under no illusion about how people judge Michael Jackson fans. And I am perfectly okay with that. I am part of a worldwide team that is fighting against injustice. Because I know who Michael Jackson was, not what the media tried to force feed down our throats. We are not willing to give up our fight against wrong. As Michael held up a mirror to himself, we hold up a mirror to the world, showing that spreading love, not hatred, is the answer.

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Flowers from fans in Denmark. Forest Lawn.
25 June 2015

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Forest Lawn,
25 June 2015

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Miranda – Hong Kong
Forest Lawn,
25 June 2015

I grew up loving Michael Jackson’s music but there was so much more to him than that. It was Michael’s heart I deeply resonated with. I could feel how caring, other-centered and kind he was. And, in a sense, the worldwide grieving helped and continues to help me to feel that we are all one. That even though the loss feels as if it will never have closure, we are never, ever alone.

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Poem to Michael,
Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

One Rose for Michael Jackson raised 15,537 roses this year. Seeing all the roses donated from fans around the world moves me to tears as I am enveloped in the sea of love of thousands of roses. And it keeps growing. The first year Robyn Starkand’s team raised 3,000 roses, then 4,500 then 10,000, and now more than 15,000. Every year, all the roses are donated to various charities after June 25.

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One Rose for Michael Jackson.
25 June 2015

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One Rose for Michael Jackson
25 June 2015

At Forest Lawn, I met Andrea Schneider and Lola Anderson from Dusseldorf and Eltville, Germany, who returned to the cemetery last year on June 26 to help donate some of the roses to charity and will be doing the same this year.

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Robyn Starkand (Organizer of One Rose for Michael Jackson) with Andrea Schneider and Lola Anderson from Germany

I also met Nako and Fumiyo from Japan. I loved watching them kneel on the grass in front of Holly Terrace, as they removed all the carefully chosen items from bags they brought with them and arranged it all, which you can see here along with their homage to MJ.

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Nako and Fumiyo from Japan. 24 June 2015
Forest Lawn

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Nako from Osaka, Japan
Fumiyo from Tokyo, Japan
24 June 2015

I delivered roses to the Jewish Home for the Aged to continue to spread the love.

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Roses at the Jewish Home for the Aged

The quilt that the fans in Japan make annually brings me to my knees. The fans meet on weekends throughout the year creating tiny, hand stitched, drawn, painted, individually created, pieces, all in the name of love, to blanket Michael with love. Here are some pieces of the quilt up close.

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Maho & Yasuyo
Quilt from Japan
25 June 2015

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Ayako from Japan

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I especially love the “Heal the Kids” with the flying angel child

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Yurika – Japanese quilt

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Kana – Japanese quilt

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Yuko Jackson- Japanese quilt

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Rie – Japanese quilt

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Ayuno Kuko – Japanese quilt
This piece brought me tears. She wrote “I enrolled high school in this spring. I chosen a art course. I have fun my school life. I want to become able to describe a painting like you well. So I study hard the art. Please watch me.” Look how Michael Jackson has inspired people all over the world! She is studying art and look how beautifully she paints.

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Hiroko – Japanese quilt

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Yurika – Japanese quilt

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Quilt from Japan

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More passion from the Japanese fans’ quilt

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Japanese quilt insert

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Home made card from Wendy

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Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

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Flower arrangement from Japan

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Marcus Petterman
Germany

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Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

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Hong Kong Fans
Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

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Hong Kong

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Flowers from around the globe

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The flower arrangements just kept arriving

I met Wiedjai, who traveled from the Netherlands. He is a mechanical engineer who works with sustainable energy. He has traveled to California numerous times in support of Michael. He was here in 2003 and was invited into Neverland along with many other fans. He said he was offered ice cream, drinks, rode all the attractions and the train around the lush property. His description of Neverland is that “it was magic.” He returned in 2005 for the trial, 2009 for the memorial where he says he was very shaky and also returned in 2010.

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Wiedjai from the Netherlands

I spoke to Nora from Budapest, Hungary. “This is my 1st time here.” she told me.

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Nora Pogonyi
Budapest, Hungary

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Over 50 nations are represented on this banner.

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And the flowers kept arriving!

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Tata created all these drawings/paintings.
Michael Jackson fans are uber creative.

Truth4MJ is a project that’s grown through the years thanks to the contributions of loyal Michael Jackson’s supporters committed to spread the truth about him starting from his own words. As he said, “lies run sprints, the truth runs marathons”. We strongly believe the truth about his life, his human nature and that his death will be recognized worldwide in the end.

Jermaine Jackson arrived, greeting the fans with a tremendous amount of care and love with real hugs and handshakes. It took him awhile to get through as he gently took his time speaking to the fans. “Thank you for coming. It’s very tough. I feel like the moment I did when I did the announcement for his passing. You make it easy for me because it’s the love and the support.” He spoke and became emotional, unable to hold back his tears. All the love and support from the fans seems truly important to him.

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Jermaine Jackson
Forest Lawn
25 June 2015

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Jermaine Jackson

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Jermaine Jackson leaving Forest Lawn

In Michael’s book, Dancing the Dream, he wrote, “People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song. So, I stay in the moment and listen.” Michael understood that everything in our universe has its own vibratory frequency, and when we raise our own vibration, that brings us closer to experiencing and merging with the highest vibration of all – G-d – the original creativity of the universe. As I continue to walk around the sea of love, I can feel the vibration of what Michael Jackson was telling us for decades: Love and be kind to each other. And that, in part, is why he will not be dethroned.

The simplicity of this note is lovely.

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Note to MJ

And, I LOVE this drawing of MJ that’s a combination of Michael and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

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Michael Jackson as The Little Prince

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Bad doll from Japanese fans meets the Thriller era dolls

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Self Portrait – Hannah Kozak

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One Rose for Michael Jackson,
25 June 2015

Michael Jackson is Remembered and Loved Six Years Later

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About hannahkozak

I am passionate about photography & have been making photos since I was a little girl. I have been a stunt woman for twenty five years. I have a passion for exploration, discovery, and escape. I dream of every place I seek to travel to. A recovering adrenaline junkie, I seek authenticity in everyday experiences. I love Kundalini Yoga,travel, books,writing and authentic, real experiences and people. I brake for squirrels. Que le vaya bien! View all posts by hannahkozak

45 responses to “Michael Jackson Is Remembered and Loved Six Years Later

  • mjblisss

    Thanks so much for sharing about the day at Forest Lawn… so wonderful to see the ladies from Japan made it there on today, June 25th, with the amazing quilt. Hopefully it will find it’s way into Katherine and the children’s hands. Beautiful blog post Hanna… love for Michael still alive and well.

  • dinafries

    My dear Hannah
    I love ever what you write because its full of love. Thankyou so much and I hope from my heart that we will meet us next march in LA. I love you and God bless you ever 💝 From Germany

  • Sophie

    Thank you so much for your beautiful and touching words and these wonderful photos, dear Hannah! I can feel the deep love for Michael and this brings tears to my eyes. I send you all my love from Germany and hope that we can meet again sometime. ❤ Sophie

  • jolanta

    Dear Hannah thank you for the wonderful words and beautiful pictures from FL.
    Thanks to you I feel the atmosphere of this place on this special day.
    I feel the love and beauty flow from Michael’s fans around the world.
    I am happy that the fans did not forget about Michael and are capable of so beautifully commemorate this sad day. From Poland
    I hope to meet you again Hannah. ❤ I Love You

    • hannahkozak

      Dear Jolanta, You are welcome. I spent two days at Forest Lawn enveloped in the love and it is beautiful to give back to the fans around the globe who cannot be here to experience it in person. Michael wanted to spread love and heal the world and that is what we are doing in his honor. We will see each other again in Poland. I love you more! ❤

  • Poppy Wu

    Dear Hannah,
    At this time of year I look forward to your blog, I love to watch your carefully warm the articles and photos record all… even though every time I see will be moved to tears…
    Michael is the most amazing person in the world, of course he deserves the most loyal fans in the world and the best fans! and I believe that Michael and we have each other, and are absolutely will feel proud of each other!
    Hannah, every time reading your article, I seem to be able to deeply feel Michael’s presence…and I also believe that Michael despite the loss of the body, but his soul has turned into text, pictures, flowers, clouds, wind, he’ll be presence & be there…in every we will miss his place…
    Hannah, thanks so much, you once again record this wonderful & touching moment…
    May God bless you & a lot of LOVE for you… From Hong Kong

    LOVE~ Poppy ❤

  • Harrison Funk

    Brilliant, wonderful photos!! It was great meeting you at Forest Lawn yesterday.

  • MJJJusticeProject

    Reblogged this on mjjjusticeproject and commented:
    Beautiful images and summary of June 25, 2015 #6YearsWithoutMichaelJackson Holly Terrace

  • fleursilver

    thank you for the pictures !!!!

  • Martine Léonard

    Beautiful tribute to Michael! The years pass but the fervor is always present. You have made beautiful meetings at Forest Lawn ; Hannah thank you for these photos. From France.

  • Gloria

    Thank you for giving to all of us who cannot visit to see this for ourselves, these remarkable and beautiful photographs. I send a heart felt wish you be blessed.

  • Junie

    Dear Hannah, you always take the most perceptive and incredible photographs when you visit Michael and this year is no exception. Your words along with these photos bring me to tears…again. The quilt from Japan is absolutely breathtaking, truly beautiful.

    Thank you Hannah and thank you to everyone who was there this year. Each one of you represents one of us who cannot be there.

    Blessed Be my Angel ~ I love you Michael xxx

  • Kathrine Lembert

    Thank you for sharing the love inspired in our missed Michael, God bless you and all the lovely people who honored him in that beautiful way! Peace to Michael Jackson!💐💐💐💐💐

  • Yoly

    Thank you Hannah. It’s a pity that I can’t go to Forest Lawn this Jun. Miss so much not to be there with Michael. Also missing all the MJ Family. See you next year.
    Love Michael and he lives on in our hearts

  • Jolanta Czajerek

    Hannah, thank you for the great pictures and touching words … it’s been six years, but the fans remember the good man, what was Michael, can remember, he loved people, remember the great artist … it’s all for love. From Poland

  • Marla Dee

    The love for Michael so beautifully displayed here with the art of your descriptive words and the touching tribute of photographs. Thank you.

  • Laura

    Thank you Hannah for letting me know about your new beautiful blog. I’ve always kept your business card you gave me at the Courthouse during Murray’s trial in a safe place because I felt that you are a true blue part of this worldwide team that is fighting against injustice. Your camera has captured so beautifully the magic of Michael’s inspiration to people from all around the world. Wonderful job as usual ♥

    • hannahkozak

      Laura, I remember you well. There is a photo of you I posted in one of my blogs during the trial. Thank you for the work you organize with “Truth4MJ”. Yes, I am true blue and loyal to the end! Thank you for fighting against injustice too. We all make a difference!

  • Nena Snezana Akhtar

    Thank you so, so much for your beautiful blog dearest Hannah ..I can feel the love and spirit of the very touching moments in each of these wonderful photos and words. May God bless you & a lot of LOVE for you… From Munich/Germany
    LOVE, Nena & MJ´s LEGACY Memorial Munich Help The Children Team

  • corlista1

    Beautiful. Thank you being the eyes for those of us who couldn’t be there this year. I truly missed the closeness to him that I feel when I’m at Holly Terrace. My heart was heavy but there was so much love blanketing him. You are so missed, Michael…

  • Judith Mason

    Though the occasion is solemn, all those beautiful flowers and tributes are testament to the JOY and happiness Michael Jackson brought into the world that lives on and on and on …

  • Russ duPont

    An extraordinary tribute by an extraordinary writer and photographer.

  • nannorris

    That was just a beautiful out pouring of love for Michael..Thank you for sharing the pictures

  • Karen Moriarty

    Beautiful blog, Hannah! Thank you so much for your dedication to MJ and for sending me your blog to enjoy & savor. I was at Forest Lawn on the afternoon of June 25th … at the same time as Jermaine. It is always a special occasion to be there to celebrate MJ’s life and to honor him along with so many other like-minded and like-spirited people from all over.
    It’s all for L.O.V.E.
    Karen Moriarty
    Author
    “Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy”
    http://www.defendingaking.com
    Click to Like Us On Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1m2nVtz

  • N.Y. Hannah

    Thank you, Hannah K, for your eloquent blog and exquisite photos. I especially love your summary: “Love and be kind to each other.”

  • cynthia marinelli

    Hannah,

    Your time consuming work to catalog and commemorate the life of Michael Jackson does not go unnoticed. Even his close family members realize what your work means to the people and fans all over the world who are not able to come in person and pay their respects. For those of us who can, I love seeing the photos from the perspective of a fan and artist like you so I too can remember what the experience was like as long as I need too. Truly the love that the fans display warrants the time investment! It makes me emotional seeing the fans who come so far to contribute in any way they can and there would be no way to see so many of them and their art without this blog. I love it! Keep up the beautiful work, love and magic Hannah!
    Xoxo !

    • hannahkozak

      It’s quite an emotional experience seeing all the love for Michael in person. And, very nice to be “Jackson approved” to be sure. I have blogged about Michael over 5 years. So beautiful to see the love year after year. Thank you, my MJ sister. xoxox

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