Locals Watch Jackson Memorial

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

While thousands descended upon the Staples Center in L.A to pay their last respects to Michael Jackson, those unable to get the tickets, resorted to the big screen.

The cinemas in Jacksonville was one of four theaters in the entire state to broadcast the tribute live.

Tickets were free, but actually only a dozen or so fans turned up.

The handful that did had tears in their eyes during much of their ceremony. It was a star studded ceremony filled with songs, tributes, poems and personal accounts.

We caught up with one Jacksonville fan who actually tried to get a ticket to tribute in L.A.

Others we talked to that turned up said they took time out of their day because they loved MJ's music and thought of him as the greatest singer and dancer of all time.


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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:43 PM
    The King rejected this turd.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    Right, Dwayne. As if anyone really cares.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    Michael Jackson died? I was too busy listening to the list of American soldiers that died within the last week. You know, the ones that were fighting for our freedoms. You know, real heroes.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jul 8, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    As far as I am concerned he is just another person, just one that was very successful in the music industry and one that went through a lot and probably did a lot of bad things to. It's bad to know that any human being passes away, but it's time to move on. There are more important issues to deal with.
  • by mandy on Jul 8, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    well. . .no I am not a Michael Jackson fan but I did see a human side fo Michael during the few clips that I saw and the one of his little girl crying when she tried to talk about him. It did show that Michael, as crazy and looney as he seemed to be did have a human side I guess.
  • by Big A on Jul 8, 2009 at 03:26 AM
    I agree with Tad.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 8, 2009 at 12:07 AM
    Michael Jackson was a perv. I feel sorry for the kids that he called his. But I always felt sorry for those kids. They lived with a kook. They lived with a pedaphyle.
  • by Loves Coldplay Location: Greenville on Jul 7, 2009 at 11:10 PM
    I watched some of The King of Pop's tribute on Tues., and I was moved! I'm 45 and have been a fan since I was 12! So sad that he had to go so soon!
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Jul 7, 2009 at 09:03 PM
    To Big A: Perhaps for the same reason that WITN wasted valuable space for your comment. Just a thought...
  • by Bud Location: Grifton on Jul 7, 2009 at 08:33 PM
    To Anonymous not everyone loves Michael Jackson and how people feels is there opinion. Personally I'm glad its over.
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