Ala. community holds vigil to remember tornadoes
IDER, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of Alabamians gathered at a high school stadium to remember the 35 members of their community killed last year by a tornado outbreak. As they left the stadium, they left behind hundreds of burning candles.
Pastor Russell Carnell tells The Fort Payne Times-Journal (http://bit.ly/IvYPTN) that people don't feel like they're doing much when they light one candle, "but all the darkness in the world can't extinguish (it)."
Those gathered were remembering the one-year anniversary of a deadly tornado outbreak that killed 253 people across Alabama and left thousands more homeless.
Ider High School's marching band opened the service with a rendition of "Amazing Grace."
Pastor Luke Mckay says the tragedy has brought the community closer together, but they still have a ways to go.
Information from: Fort Payne Times-Journal, http://www.times-journal.com