orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

September 13, 2011

Our day of remembrance

The Orange Leader
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — While Sunday was a national day of remembrance for the terrorists attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, today is a day for us to remember a tragic occurrence in Orange County.

Hurricane Ike struck our area three years ago today.

Yes, it has been that long and yet it feels like yesterday all in the same breath.

Hurricane Ike changed lives for so many people. Homes were completely destroyed and families were displaced.

We want to once again take the time to applaud those who deserve recognition for what they did to ensure our county was once again a place to earn a living, but more importantly raise a family.

One has to start with three people who were eventually named Citizens of the Year. The list included Bridge City Mayor Kirk Roccaforte, Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux and former BCISD Superintendent Dr. Jamey Harrison.

These three spear-headed the clean up and recovery and did a miraculous job.

Three years is not a long time considering the damage done in several areas in Orange County.

Damage can still be seen here and, yet, there is no doubt Orange County is back from the hurricane.

Just as New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania have all been respectfully remembered; Orange County and its residents should be remembered for its recovery efforts.