Some events etch such a memory into our brains that we sometimes just refer to them by the date that they occurred such as December 7, June 6, or 9-11. When you hear these dates you immediately have a mental picture of the event.
For many people April 27, 2011 is a date that will be etched into their memory for years to come. This was the day that the National Weather Service confirmed 358 tornadoes in 21 states.
These occurred from Texas to New York and even some isolated tornadoes in Canada. As a result 346 people lost their lives, 239 of these were in Alabama alone.
One community that was devastated from an F5 tornado was Concord. The pictures here were taken as volunteers from our church attempted to help clean up debris from one family’s yard.
Today is the anniversary of that nightmare and I decided to visit it again on the way home from work.
I found that some areas hadn’t changed, but much of the debris has been cleared.
The houses where we worked are now gone and only the slabs remain. Still, others in the neighborhood have chosen to rebuild.
Then we have to remember, it not really about buildings, its about people, and while many people have recovered, many more have not, but all of them still have scars.