Last week, I was honored to welcome the friends and family of local missing adults to City Hall for an annual ceremony.
My heart is with the families of those missing, and I share in the vigilance and hope they hold for the safe return of their loved ones. Few know the pain and uncertainty that they feel when a son or daughter, parent, sibling, or friend goes missing.
I proclaimed Missing Adults Day to demonstrate Jacksonville's support and commitment to those families--to demonstrate that their city stands with them. Regardless of age or circumstance, all missing adults deserve to have their cases pursued with diligence, compassion and urgency.
As always, I am grateful for Peg Rowan and her team at the John Rowan Jr. Foundation for their tireless advocacy on behalf of the missing and their loved ones. And for organizing the annual ceremony to raise awareness and support for the families of the missing. Their efforts set an example for us all.