We honor Hitchens for the benefit of mankind. His death actually is a gift in THAT sense; it ended his suffering AND vastly increased the visibility of his cause. It is sad he had to leave us so early on when many of us hoped for his recovery. However, there are also benefits to this loss-- benefits that I'm sure he wouldn't for a second deny if he were asked about this when he was alive. We can only hope to carry that legacy, not only among his peers but amongst ourselves, as it is our responsibility to step up and be the new leaders in reason and scepticism.