Today marks the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan’s assault on Grenada in 2004. This post is published at 2:00pm, to commemorate the approximate time on that day that the first destructive assaults began on the eastern side of the island.
It goes without saying that 5 years on, the scars of Ivan are still fresh on the minds of the average Grenadian. Tens of thousands of people had their homes, businesses, schools, churches, community centers, vehicles and – most importantly – their peace of mind taken from them in a single half-day period. But the most painful part, as I can attest, was the loss of personal items, photo albums, keepsakes, and the myriad other little treasures that inevitably mark the signicant periods of our lives. All of the photos of my life up to that point were lost – my baby pictures, first days at school, high school graduation, college, wedding, and those from the birth of the Lil One. All the moments in my life that I saved for posterity now exist only in my memory – I still tear up when I reflect on what is gone.
Below are the links to my two-part post about Ivan, originally written in 2005.
A few links where you can view other “survivor” stories and pictures: