I agree with you that we need a national story.
We also need a memorial site on the internet, may be a thread on this site, that when people do a search for Ray Franz that site comes up. On it should be a biography. pictures of him, quotes from his writings. etc.
We also should monitor JW sites and document any comments of Jehovah's Witnesses and not let them get away with any derogatory comments. We do not want him "to fade away into that good night".
When the Philistines in the Bible nailed the corpses of Saul and Jonathan on their walls, brave men went and cut the bodies down and gave them a decent burial.
If it wasn't for the one who asked Pilate for the body of Jesus, his corpse would have been thrown on the dung heap.
Woman risked their lives to care for his body. We need a figurative memorial tomb for Ray Franz.
Back around 1991, Another ex JW, named Don Smith, and myself, and also a French Canadian, named Joe Rollin all in our sixties went to Atlanta to build a storage amd shipping building for his books. To get a good price to have his books printed he had to order a large amount. His house was packed with boxes of books so one could hardly pass through. We worked very hard for ten memorable days assisted at one point by attendees of the BRCI (sp) Bible conference who help raise the truss structures into place.
One memorable thing I remember, each day Ray would go to the mail box and come back with the mail. At noon he always shared his mail with us that came to him from around the world. He always answered his mail as posts on this board have said. It is ironic his heart attack came while he walked the couple hundred yards down his driveway to get the mail.
I am not computer savvy enough to set up such a memorial. Perhaps someone out there can pick up the torch.