Graniteville memorial dedicated

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

A day of music...a day of tears...a day to remember those whose lives were tragically cut short in January 2005.

Saturday night, May 20, a memorial was dedicated in Graniteville.

The train collision and chlorine spill killed nine people there on January 6 of last year.

Nearly a year and a half later, the pain lingers.

Saturday's events helped bring the community one step closer to healing.

And they found solace in a memorial unveiled for the first time in honor of those nine individuals whose lives were stolen.

It was on that day of January 6, 2005 that rocked this small town of Graniteville...and on this day they were finally able to add the missing piece to the puzzle they never wanted to start.

"It's been somewhat of a closure today, I think," one participant said.

But for others like Chris Ruston, it re-opened wounds that never quite had a chance to heal.

"I just take each day as it comes," he says.

A memory forever etched in stone with an image that won't soon be forgotten.

The money for the memorial came from fundraisers and donations from the Graniteville community.


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