I am so honored and humbled to have been invited to be a part of this event as my memory of Patric is as close to me as my own breath. My association with him started during the spring of 1973, and the day before he left us, I silently assured him as I sat by his hospital bed that we will be together and continue to be friends as long as earth and heaven exist. So let us make this event not just a tribute to Patric but a declaration of our unbreakable friendship by the virtues of unconditional love and respect. May the merciful Lord be his companion in heaven forever.