There was a line out the door of Libby Funeral Home in Beacon as people waited patiently to pay their respect to the folk singer. It truly just goes to show how many people Pete Seeger truly inspired. Not just here in the Hudson Valley but around the country. Jessica Chen has more.
BEACON, N.Y. -- If power could be seen in numbers, then the constant flow of people at singer, Pete Seeger's memorial on Sunday would say it all.
"He'll be written as one of the greatest of Americans as history is written," said a fan, Michael Gardner.
And because singing was his way of inspiring others, then the singing crowd would be how Pete Seeger would have liked it at his memorial.
"Pete's music was like a port in a storm for me when I discovered it and he gave me a lot of encouragement," said another fan.
Hundreds of people waited patiently to make their way into the Libby Funeral Home in Beacon to pay their final respect to the folk singer. Seeger passed away on Monday at the age of 94.
"I feel like my grandpa died, but Pete Seeger is still alive," said his grandson, Kitama Jackson.
Jackson said his grandfather, who moved to the Hudson Valley in 1949, was a voice for millions of Americans. His music was known for its support of civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes.
"He doesn't just want you to come and listen to his songs, he wants you to go the next step and see how you can take his songs and make a difference in the world," said Jackson.
And making a difference for the good is what Seeger strived to do, often times through his songwriting along with his signature instrument, the longneck banjo.
And though now passed, family, friends, and fans, all who have been touched my his music, said the time now is to celebrate and remember the life and legacy of this Hudson Valley icon.
"He lived a good life and he deserves respect, and that's why we're here," said Margart Gould.