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Editorâ€™s Note: The following is the final segment of a three-part series on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the impact the event is having today on a local family.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A century after Antoine Temmerman purchased a ticket for the ill-fated maiden voyage of the HMS Titanic, his granddaughter Gail Morris was sent an invitation.
The correspondence came a few weeks ago, inviting Morris to participate in the memorial activities on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic called â€ś100 Years of Exhibition.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s the Belgium ceremony of the Flemish people who died on the Titanic,â€ť said Morris. â€śThere will be decedents of families there, and even decedents of Jeanâ€™s (Scheerlink) family.â€ť Scheerlink was the friend of Temmerman who took Temmermanâ€™s ticket, but survived the sinking.
Morrisâ€™ aunt, Rose Beery-Temmerman will be singing â€śMy Heart Will Go On,â€ť the theme song from the â€śTitanicâ€ť movie and â€śOn Eagles Wings.â€ť
The reason her aunt is singing is because she used to sing with the Temmerman Sisters in Ohio, making records during WWII.
â€śShe is a soprano,â€ť said Morris. â€śShe still sings, and she makes several CDs so they know her from that.â€ť
Morris said she and her aunt are the chosen ambassadors of the family, and she visited the country a few years ago.
â€śThe people are so down to earth, and so wonderful, and the countryside is beautiful,â€ť said Morris.
Morris leaves today and plans to return April 23.
Morris is one of 33 grandchildren.
With a heartfelt smile, Morris expressed her gratitude, â€śI am very happy that my grandfather made it.â€ť