Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, issued the following statement to mark the one-year anniversary of the tornadoes that hit Washington and Pulaski counties:
“This month, one year ago, devastating storms and tornadoes wreaked havoc across Southwest Virginia. The damage was extensive. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed. But most tragically, beautiful lives were lost and countless others changed forever. My prayers remain with those who have suffered, especially those who lost loved ones.
“The people of Southwest Virginia remind me of the saying, ‘man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.’ While time may have brought comfort to some, for many, the healing process continues.
“I want to commend the countless volunteers, law enforcement agencies, first responders, local and county officials, and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for coming together to rebuild. I want to thank the Gilliam family for their generous contributions to the rebuilding efforts through the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund created by Governor McDonnell. And, I want to thank all of Virginia’s leaders who stood together to help those in need.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it,’ said Helen Keller. The strength, courage, determination, resilience and character demonstrated by the people of Pulaski, Glade Spring, Chilhowie, and the greater Southwest Virginia community truly demonstrated that even in the face of horrendous adversity, hope ultimately can prevail. I am honored and blessed to represent such an incredible community.”
NOTE: The Congressman greatly appreciates the Governor visiting with officials, responders and volunteers in Pulaski and Washington counties today, while he is touring the areas that sustained tornado damage.
Congressman Griffith will be attending the Glade Spring candlelight remembrance vigil tomorrow night.