I don’ think anyone ever really stops mourning the loss of a family member. And while you might not be able to meet your loved one again physically, by visiting their grave or memorial, you can at least feel their presence for a while.
Ray Olson lost his son in a 2003 car accident on a road in Richmond, California. The land was owned by the multi-billion dollar company Chevron, and Ray was so sure the company would never let him put up an official memorial that he didn’t even ask. Instead, he secretly set up a memorial there and visited it every night. Until one day, Ray got a shocking message from the company: the area was going to be redeveloped.
For years, a plot of land in Richmond, California owned by energy giant Chevron hosted a mysterious roadside memorial. No one had any idea who set it up and maintained it, reports NBC News.
But it turned out the memorial’s caretaker was Ray Olson. He visited the site nightly for more than 12 years to honor his son, who had died in a car accident on that very spot.
Then in 2016, Ray’s heart was broken. He learned that the area was going to be redeveloped.
Ray was sure Chevron would tear down his memorial and his memories along with it. But he certainly never imagined that the company would set up a new memorial in its place. Yet sure enough, the company put up a plaque honoring Ray’s son and placed a bench beside it for grieving visitors like Ray.
“We said, ‘This is your spot, Ray. You no longer have to come at night,” Joe Lorenz from Chevron told NBC News.
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