Nelson County leaders declare day of remembrance for Camille anniversary

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NELSON Co., Va. (WDBJ7) -- It's been 50 years since more than 100 people were killed in Nelson County from Hurricane Camille remnants.

Now, leaders want to make sure those lost are never forgotten.

Monday, the chairman of the Nelson County Board of Supervisors read a resolution declaring the day as a day of remembrance. "August the 20th, 2019 is hereby declared a day of remembrance for the victims," said Chairman Larry Saunders, reading the resolution.

A wreath was laid in honor of the lives lost. It was placed next the memorial outside the courthouse.

Leaders say it's important to remember the event that forever changed their community. "Some people that were affected by the hurricane who say they'd rather forget it. We don't want to keep bringing it up and reopen wounds or whatever happened but we don't want to forget them either," said Saunders.

A moment of silence was also observed during the ceremony.

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