The city of Gary will mark the second anniversary of Michael’s death with a memorial tribute on Saturday at his boyhood home. “The world can expect a ‘Tribute to Michael’ every year in June in Gary, Indiana,” Mayor Rudy Clay said in a press release. “The world is invited.”
Gary will honor its “favorite son” from 5.00p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Saturday at the modest, one-level house at 2300 Jackson St. where Michael lived before he and his family left Gary for California in 1969.
The free-admission tribute is expected to include vendors selling summer fare such as ice cream. The outdoor event is likewise scheduled to roll out Michael’s music. A candlelight vigil at dusk will conclude the tribute in Gary.
Those participating in the vigil are being asked to bring their own candles. The Jackson salute will showcase Beautiful Soul, which features Gary talent, according to LaLosa Burns, mayoral press secretary and Gary’s special events director. Ms.Burns also said local officials are set to speak, including Mayor Clay. She said on Wednesday, that she hopes the turnout during the course of the day will reach about two-thousand people. With regard to Gary’s presentation of the tribute, Burns described the cost to the city as “minimal.”
Aside from recognising the anniversary of Michael’s death, Gary also is thinking of an event in August that would again be centered at his childhood home on Jackson Street. “It is the city’s plan to host a Michael Jackson tribute and birthday celebration,” Burns said. “That’s in the planning stages. We’re working to have sponsors for that.”