From the moment he began flying kites in 1980, to his last flight, Ray inspired thousands of people around the world.
Biography: Ray Bethell.com
By Vicque Wakefield
You're flying high dancing in the wind,
touching my soul, your beauty enlightens me.
you hold passion and heart,
as if it were a serpent.
Twining amongst the forests of love,
I to you.
And like the paths you pass,
when your beauty walks upon them.
My heart its desire,
to burst from within,
and capture and hold
Your beauty until eternity.
Ray was a fixture at the Washington State International Kite Festival. From his dedicated field near the center of the action, he wowed and amazed crowds. This year, on that same field, as a tribute to Ray and the impact he had on the thousands of people around the world, members of the kite community including Team Island Quad, the British Columbia Kite Assoc., the World Kite Museum, and Fortuna Found will be hosting a memorial wall. On this wall will be letters and photos from friends, family, and fans collected from around the world. Completing the picture, dancing in the wind behind the wall, will be the famous 'Ray Banner Wall'
Over the course of the festival, festival goers, friends, and fellow fliers will be encouraged to add a message. Whether it is a story, a photo, or their favorite memory, all will be welcome.
On Saturday Night (August 24th, 2019) all of the messages, letters, and photos will be gathered and placed in a special handcrafted box made by Team Island Quad. As night falls, a bonfire will be lit, and with it the messages of love and hope contained in the box will lift into the sky. This is our way of honoring a beloved friend, mentor, and kite ambassador.
Knowing that the thousands of people around the globe would want to honor his memory and participate in this tribute, his friends have gathered together to create this web portal. He once said "we don't do it for us, we do it for them" when talking about his kite flying. The people he was flying for, the ones that were watching, that is why he was flying. We honor that thought by creating this means for others to participate in the tribute.
You can send any hand written letters, memories, or photos that you wish to have included to the address listed below. Or, you can use the submission form. Memories, letters, and photos that are submitted via the form will be printed over the course of the event and added to the tribute wall.
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE
WHERE TO SEND STUFF
Box 755 #101-1001 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H4E4
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND BUT WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT SOMETHING, USE THE FORM TO THE RIGHT. WE WILL PRINT THESE OUT AND ADD THEM TO THE TRIBUTE.