Celebrating Love on Michael Jackson’s Birthday

Celebrating Love on Michael Jackson’s Birthday

Michael Jackson would have been fifty-seven years old today. The now familiar black wrought iron gates signal the entrance to Forest Lawn Glendale. As I wind up the entrance I see Aleppo pines, a single rose here and there, flower arrangements, pinwheels of red, orange and blue spinning softly in the wind as the birds sing their songs.

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Holly Terrace

Amidst the roses, handmade cards, balloons, and stuffed animals is the feeling of love that Michael Jackson spread around the world with his music and his heart.

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With love from Russia

Eleanor Roosevelt said “to do what you feel in your heart for you’ll be criticized anyway.” Michael embodied this throughout his life. Watching television as a young boy with his mother, he was moved to tears when he saw images of starving children in Africa. “Mother”, he vowed, “I’m going to do something about this someday.” And, true to his word, he did.

My hope is these photos show how Michael was loved and even though he was subjected to immense injustice, the fans know the truth even though the media was trying to tarnish his reputation throughout his career.

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Marjorie from Scotland

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Alice in Hong Kong

I love the simplicity of this tiny bear with the note “Happy birthday to you in heavens.”

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Little bear from Iraa and Jude

Divina Baham organized “The Messenger of Love” Foundation back in 2011. They celebrate Michael’s birthday, his passing and bring bags of love out reach visiting homeless shelters, Shriner’s Hospital for Children and dedicated a tree to Michael at Lake Balboa. This year they brought a cake to Forest Lawn in honor of Michael.

Cake for Michael Jackson - 29 August 2015
Cake for Michael Jackson – 29 August 2015

Hitomi came from Japan for only 3 days. I was told by Hitomi’s friend that many Japanese visitors stay for such a short amount of days because they have to get back to work.

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Hitomi – from Japan

Rieko from Japan on the other hand, came for 3 weeks to study English at a small school for her university back home. “My main purpose is Michael Jackson’s birthday” she told me. It was her first time in LA and in her own words, “a dream come true”. I thought it was so cute how she carried her MJ doll in the tiny bag with “I am King of Pop” on it.

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Rieko – from Japan

I met Gloria Lopez. She told me she was 13 years old when her grandfather died. He was her father figure and her best friend, who took care of her since she was 3 months old. After he died, she became depressed and suicidal, as it was her first experience of death. She didn’t want to go to school, was getting “F” grades and was sent to a psychiatrist. She said “I heard “You Rock My World” in 2001 and it was the first time I smiled since my grandfather died. I started devoting myself to MJ research. I became an honor student and received a Masters In Art Education doing my thesis on Michael.” She told me she teaches art to children because of Michael’s influence on her.

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Gloria Lopez

I met Marguerite, who flew all the way from France. Her first time to the states was in 2012 for the Immortal World Tour. She saw the Immortal World Tour 2 times in France that same year. She returned to Forest Lawn in August, 2014 and saw the One show two times that year. This year she told me that she came to Los Angeles for Michael’s spiritual message.

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Marguerite – France

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I love you More – Maleah
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Nina from Poland
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Yumiko from Japan
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Yumiko from Japan
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Roswitha Preib – Germany
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Clotide – France

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Rieko – L and Kaori – R
from Japan

Michael’s commitment to his art, no matter what was happening in his life, is a testament to the artist he was; always bearing his soul in his music. His ability to connect with his fans all around the globe is evident even six years after he has left his physical body. Even in the fierce California heat, people come from France, from Japan, from all around the world, to pay their respects to the Man in the Mirror, who built an army of love.

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Roses from France
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Flowers from Russia
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I love this card!
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Art work by Haruyo Sakuta
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Backside of Michael on Eagle’s Back
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Yae Kojima – Japan
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Yuka – Japan
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Yuka Takahashi – Japan

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Maleah, Lorrie, Marilyn
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Hong Kong

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May Cheng – Hong Kong

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Captain Eo card – Japan
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2 Michael Bad dolls meet at Forest Lawn
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More gifts for Michael

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Russian fans

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From Japan
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Japanese dolls

One of Michael’s greatest gifts was how he cared for humanity and spread love. His Army of Love is still going strong, carrying the message that Michael was sharing with us his entire life: Love one another, take care of each other and continue to give, share and breathe love every step of our journey here. Michael was a spiritual messenger who walked his walk. He held up a mirror to humanity and in the end, Michael’s message continues to light the way.

Celebrating Love on Michael Jackson’s Birthday

36 thoughts on “Celebrating Love on Michael Jackson’s Birthday

  1. While reading your blog here I was pleasantly surprised to see my heart for Michael’s birthday!! It is the 1st one in the line of hearts, the one with the berries and the pic of MJ right after the pic of Marguerite from France.
    A perfect way to end my day 🙂

  2. My dear friend Hannah,
    You made again a lovefull page to show the fans over the whole world.💝 how much Micheal is beloved and missed. So much people changed their mind and help now people in need with love. I hope from my deepest love that we one time can live in peace all over the world.From Germany
    I miss yöu deeply and thank you so much that you be here 💖💖💖

    1. Michael’s birthday is a perfect day to reflect on how much he contributed to our world with his heart and his art. With love to Germany, Dina! I am always here for you!

  3. Thank you Hannah, your photos are wonderful, as always. Your accompanying text was a pleasure to read, so sensitive and warm. I love that you were able to share the stories of many of the visitors there today. Nice to see you again. 🙂

  4. Thanks Hannah for your story FL for Celebrating Love on Michael Jackson’s birthday.
    With your beautiful photos and words about Michael I feel like I was there. Yes you are right Michael’s commitment that his art is a testament to the artist he was; always bearing his soul in his music. His ability to connect with his fans all around the globe is evident even six years after he left his physical body. People come from all around the world, to pay their respects to the Man in the Mirror, who built an army of love.
    Sending you love and hugs from Poland Hannah, Thank you ❤

  5. The spirit of Michael is here and he inspires his fans.
    This is seen in all the cards and messages.
    Amazing art work !
    Thanks Hannah for sharing this emotional moment.♥
    From France.

  6. Dear Hannah , thanks for your impressions , words and I feel in every post so much love from everywhere in the world , connection heart to heart , his 57th birthday ,the time runs so fast but he’s in my heart everyday whereever I be , thank you with love … Uli in Germany.

    1. Dearest Uli, You are welcome. Michael’s ship
      was always steered by love & it’s a gift
      to not only be a witness to the sea of love that his fans create but to be able to be part of the love by sharing it. With love to you, Uli.

  7. Hannah, thank you with all my heart for the beautiful words and images … thank you, they always remember us, fans from all over the world … Love ❤ from Poland.

    1. Dearest Jolanta, You are welcome. It’s because of the world wide out pouring of love for Michael, that I am able to participate in such a heart filled sea of love! With love to you in Poland. I love your country.

  8. Dear Hannah,
    I was waiting for this moment, waiting for your blog!!
    I have read, your pictures and texts are so excellent…As in the past I was touched…
    Gloria Lopez story inspiring, great! and saw the cute Japan fans and MJ doll, and Marguerite (France) got what spirit inspired by MJ? Oh, I want to know what the inspiration is… Can you tell me?
    Every time after the activity, I look forward to your pictures and people stories about MJ, you observant, your photos and written text, going deep into people’s hearts, that feeling is deep in the heart of the unspeakable…that is deep LOVE & Reflections and is wonderful!
    Hannah, I say, that is my heart, it was all in my heart the words…
    if without your constant, every activity where the record, we have no way to see so much love out there…
    I thank you very much for the MJ fans to do these things,
    This is a job that requires willpower and persistence, and you do it very well!
    I was moved and grateful you so much ~
    Thanks my dear Hannah, let us forever Michaeling!It’s all of LOVE… ❤ from Taiwan.

    1. Dear Poppy,
      You cannot imagine how happy it makes me knowing you were looking forward to my blog. August 29 was particularly hot this year and it was not an easy day to be in the sun while speaking to people and photographing. But I do it because I know so many people cannot be here in person to be witness to what I see.

      Meeting MJ fans is always an inspiration to me from Gloria Lopez to Marguerite to the fans that travel from Japan to you and all the others.

      It’s an honor to be here in Los Angeles and be part of his team, his soldiers of love who continue to honor him and what he stood for.

      It’s all for L.O.V.E. and I’m grateful to you, Poppy.

  9. I loved reading it ❤ ..This shows how deeply mj is loved and remembered by several people around the world ❤ Thnx Hannah :)from India

  10. Dear Hannah, thank you so much for your great blog with all these beautiful photos. You´re write always with Love. MJs Love and Messages around the world for everone ❤ Love and Hugs from Peggy, Germany

  11. Once again I am moved to tears Hannah. Happy loving tears. The photos carry me to Forest Lawn and your words…heartfelt eloquent words…touch me so deeply. Michael is so LOVED!! It seems that LOVE for him doesn’t diminish with time but continues to grow and shine his Light on this world. Thank you dear one…from my heart to yours…I thank you ❤️🌹❤️

    1. Hello dear Junie, I am happy my photos could help you share in the love for Michael on his birthday. I did my best and am grateful for the ability to spread his message of love. ❤

  12. Thank you so much, dear Hannah! ❤ Your words and photos are so touching and beautiful as always! ❤ It's so great to see all these fans from around the world and how much they love Michael! ❤ And all these wonderful presents – you can feel the deep dedication, it's simply fantastic! Much L.O.V.E. from Germany and thank you again for being there. ❤ ❤ ❤

  13. Dearest Hannah

    It was so inspiring to meet you on Michael’s birthday and such a treat. Learning about your blog and your devotion to The king is very admirable and artistic. I truly enjoyed spending time with you and reading the beautiful end result of pure magic that was captured. You created a wonderful art piece to always commemorate such a memorable occasion of true love because that was Michaels mission and you captured it in a very joyous way that will always be remembered. Please continue on creating and sharing your blogs. I will always remember this experience.

    Gloria Lopez

    1. Dearest Gloria, It was a treat and inspiring to meet you on Michael’s birthday. I’m honored that you enjoyed and truly appreciated what I created. Your story is a great testament to how Michael inspired you to be the best you can be. I’m happy we met, Gloria!

  14. Thank you Hannah, your report shows perfectly Love and Respect reigning over Holly Terrace during Michael’s birthday. Michael is our light, our energy. I’ll send you an e-mail soon.

  15. Dear Hannah,
    On every 25th of every month at 2pm in La (11pm in France), I am used to joining some members of a team, using “thought”. This team is Major Love Prayer. We try to connect Michael’s soul, wishing a better world. That 25th of August, it was exceptional for me to be in LA, so close to Michael. I was alone with my pain and said ” I gonna need a kind of sign”…. And you arrived.. At 2pm !! Thank you again for your precious kindness at that so important moment !!

  16. Dear Marguerite,
    I love that your group gathers on every 25th of the month at 2 pm for prayer for Michael, while wishing for a better world. Michael would have loved this. It was exceptional for me, as well, to meet you this year at 2 pm. Everything is meant to be. Thank you for being there for me as well. I was as grateful for you.

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