Mississippians Pay Final Respects to Those Who Died During April 28th TornadoesBy Paul Boger | Published 11 May 2014 10:53pm |
As Mississippians continue to recover from last month’s deadly tornadoes, many are taking the time to remember those who lost their lives. MPB’s Paul Boger reports on what one city is doing to pay its final respects.
Nearly 500 residents of the Winston County town of Lousiville, crowded into the local high school's auditorium Sunday, to pay their last respects to those who died during the April 28th storm. As the names of victims were read aloud, family members got up and received a flower and a proclamation honoring those that lost their lives. Will Hill is the Mayor of Louisville.
"Monday, April 28th, will forever be remembered as a day of tragedy for our community." Hill said. "A destructive tornado ripped through our county stripping so many of possessions, and the worst of it all life itself. We will never forget , not just Monday, April 28th, but we'll never forget those lives that we held near and dear. Our commitment of behalf of all local leaders is that we will properly memorialize those who have lost their lives."
In all, 14 Mississippians died during last months devastating tornado, 10 of which were in Louisville, Pat Tucker lost her daughter, grandson and son-in-law during the storm. She says it's been a difficult couple of weeks, but the out-pouring of support has been a blessing.
"I think it's very wonderful to remember all of those that were lost, and to be grateful for those that were saved and to say thank you to everybody that helped out with the search and the rescue." said Tucker. "From those that handed out a bottle of water to those that stayed up all night in the rain searching for my family, and they didn't give up and I will always be grateful for that."
For many, the service was also a chance to reflect on what has happened over the past two weeks. Louisville resident Judy McLeod believes the community has been brought closer together.
"Anytime you do something like this it brings the community together." said McLeod. "It doesn't matter who; age, race, creed, anything. We're all together for one common purpose and that's to grieve as a community and rebuild as a community."
Individual funerals for all the victims have already been held.
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