After weeks of work and hours of dedication from volunteers, a memorial park gets dedicated in phil Campbell.
An American flag raises above the crowd hovering over the city park, in pride.
“I am just so elated, I don’t know what to say, I’ve had this dream for years and years,” said Rita Barton, a Phil Campbell resident.
It’s just one addition to the Phil Campbell Memorial Park, that’s been in a work in progress, for the past year.
“It’s wonderful, it’s something we needed for a long time, I think it’s the nicest thing I’ve seen in Phil Campbell in a long time,” said Debra Williams, from Phil Campbell.
And finally, a monument gets unveiled, to honor 27 people who died on April 27th, 2011.
As community members look at these names, it’s more than just a carving in a piece of stone. These names stand for a life, a loved one, who passed away, because of the storm.
“It’s a lot of emotion, it’s really hard to describe how you are going to feel,” said Williams.
But it’s a day of hope in Phil Campbell marked with children on the playground and families coming together to remember but the residents here say, the best days are still to come.
“The best thing about this park, the most soothing thing, when you come up here and you look out at the monument and look out across here and see the progress being made after all the destruction, it will give you a little bit of peace in your heart,” said Williams.
To end the ceremony, 27 balloons get released into the air, moving the same direction, as the tornado.
Residents say it’s a symbol that this park, will always serve as reminder of the storm, but now, it’s time to focus on a new beginning.