I imagine their parents already knew. Perhaps laid their best suit on their beds preparing for the funeral services. They had been missing June 21st and today was August 4th when they received the official news. But I have to imagine their parents knew their spirits had already flown.
There are the five little girls in Alabama that everyone knows about.
And then there are the three men from Mississippi…
and then there is you to re-member.
Re-member the cause James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner died for the next time you get your local county voting precinct card in the mail. Re-member them the next time you hear mention of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
Their families still remember their birthdays, their favorite meals, their favorite colors. I imagine their parents knew the Most High came for them before the first shot or first punch. And then there is you to re-member they (none of the thousands that fought for civil rights!) should not die in vain.