Tornado victims remembered in Moore

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Updated: 12/27/2013 1:29 pm Published: 12/27/2013 11:25 am

For families across Moore, Christmas wasn't the same this year. Not only for those who lost loved ones in the May tornado, but for those who still live amongst the destruction.

It's clear none of these children were forgotten this Christmas as Christmas trees and decorations lined their memorial.

This is still a city in mourning, but it's a city that can still celebrate peace and joy.

"The ones that didn't make it, he took them to heaven," Moore resident Jess Guess said. “He wanted them there with him."

Another Moore resident, John Desbiens read off a memorial cross at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

"You will always be in my heart forever love you always love dad."

Words of love mean so much more this holiday season.

"It really shows what human love is capable of," Guess said.

When they're accompanied by loss.

"Not to see those open presents or anything it's got to be hard on the families, yeah having to go through that,” Guess said.

"This tornado came through and ripped up our hearts"

Hearts, lives and homes were broken this year.

But if you look around now, there are signs of hope and compassion.

"They brought all these little stars and put them on people's houses and stuff; it's just a sign of comfort."
Whether its pictures and messages from kind volunteers,” Guess said.

"Got his little football and everything"

Or visits from complete strangers.

"We just came to show our respects," Guess said. "They didn't get to celebrate Christmas with us this year. So we figured we'd come out here and give them a few presents."

Guess wanted his daughter to understand what a giving spirit truly is so she gave some of her toys.

John Desbiens and his company are supplying the concrete for Plaza Towers' new foundation and safe room.

"They didn't get a Christmas, so the least we can do is come out and say we haven't forgot," Desbiens said.

He wanted to show his wife what happened.

"Yeah to see them actually write on their seat and everything," Desbiens said.

Neither family lost a loved one on May 19, but both say they still felt the impact. And felt it enough to want to come visit.

"Christmas is a day for kids, and i think the kids need to be remembered," Desbiens said.

Peace and love can't be ignored, even in the midst of heartache.

"The good is just look around," Desbiens said. "Everybody's choosing to stay and battle it out and re-grow no matter if they had their entire lives devastated. Just pan that camera all around and that's all the good I need."

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