Events like the one held on the anniversary, she continued, allowed those affected know they are not alone. They can relate to the experiences of others and talk about all aspects of the tragedy.
In order to ensure that these stories of hope in adversity are not lost, March2Recovery has undertaken a special project to preserve the memories. People may submit written stories, photos or scrapbook pages describing how the tornadoes personally affected their lives.
“People are realizing as things start to be put back together, they don’t want to forget. They don’t want to forget what experiences they’ve had or how they’ve recovered,” Mills-Knutsen said. “We’re offering people a chance to record these stories.”
Now underway, the organization is also scheduling times to videotape survivor’s recollections. All the submitted works will be compiled and given to the Clark County Museum so a first-hand record can be shared with future generations. Those interested may contact March2Recovery by phone at -294-1677 or visit their website at March2Recovery.org.
“People need to know that they’re not alone in remembering and feeling a sense of loss as this [anniversary] day comes,” Mills-Knutsen said. “It also helps people to find a sense of hope in the middle of all this too.”