March 2, 2012: A day we will never forget
One Year After the Storm
Saturday, March 02, 2013 6:00 AM
On March 5, 2012, a Madison Courier editorial stated that "our hearts ache for the victims of the tornadoes that swept through Indiana and Kentucky... At the same time, we are comforted by the outpouring of caring and offers of help from residents of the communities affected by the storms."
That editorial ran three days after tornadoes took lives and property on a mid-afternoon Friday rampage.
We acknowledged then that the sadness would never go away.
But today, on the first anniversary of that horrible day, some of the sadness has eased.
For others, such as Cari and Amanda Jackson, this anniversary only brings more tears for the loved ones they lost that day.
We also wrote that "what we saw in the 24 hours following the storm is the image we prefer to remember.
" Beneath Saturday's sunny skies, the roar of rescue crews' chain saws replaced the thunder of the tornadoes. ... Quiet moments of reflection and thanks replaced the cries of loss that echoed through the Friday night air. ... Tears of relief that even more people didn't lose their lives replaced the tears of fear only 12 hours earlier when we didn't know what would be uncovered under the next piece of debris."
Now, one year later, most remnants of the storm have been removed. Homes have been rebuilt. There are few visible signs reminding us of the tragedy.
To honor those who survived the wrath of the storms and thank those who helped them deal with their losses, The Courier today and Monday present a series of stories ... "One Year After the Storm."
One day after the storms struck, we noted that the mood turned to one of determination to let the world know that we are a resilient lot.
That observation has been validated time and time again.
We still lack answers to the questions we asked that day:
Why were the lives of a young child and his loving grandparents taken as they huddled together to wait out the storm?
Why was a newly remodeled home destroyed when only a short distance away an old barn that looked like it could be pushed over without much effort survive?
Those questions cannot be answered to any degree of satisfaction.
There is one thing, though, that we did learn... When our neighbors need help, we answer the call.