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Memorial Service: "A Community That Remembers"

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Friends, family and loved ones filled the Savannah Civic center paying tribute to the victims of the refinery explosion.

While this was a sad occasion, many of the workers reflected on the good the employees contributed to their jobs.

In the words of Imperial Sugar CEO John Sheptor, "this is a day where the entire community came together to mourn the loss of 10 men a day to say goodbye, and to say thank you."

Families who lost a loved one, friends, and people who just wanted to pay their respects came to the center for prayer.

Fellow employees like Arthur Kelley also showed their support.

"I want to say to families, God knows all sees all and takes care of his own," said Kelley. "I know there are brighter days ahead, the storm is almost gone."

"It's going to be tough but we will come together as a family and get through these trying times," said Port Wentworth Mayor Glenn Jones.

"It will get better I promise you it will get better," said Jones.

"I don't know if I can say anything to make this event hurt any less or do to make hurt less, I can say the courage and passion in the eyes of loves ones will stay with me forever," said Dr. Jay Goldstein. "I find strength to move forward."

"I know it's not easy at all I just hope community the families can find the strength peace and resolution as we all carry on," said Dr. Goldstein.

Cody Thomas had some words of hope from families who lost a loved one.

"The lord will be with you, he will never forsake you," said Thomas. "Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged."

There was a moment of song, "together we stand tall, move ahead to better days, there will be brighter days," said Huxsie Scott.

A time to look back on the heroes of that night, from the emergency crews to the men who pulled their fellow co-workers out of the fire.

"Two nephews who escaped to return in the bring out loved uncle all three were injured," said Sheptor. "Then two men who entered and acted with haste to shut off the boiler saving hundreds of lives."

Then silence, as we remembered the ten men who paid the ultimate price.

"I would like to say goodbye to those ten men of faith, good sons, loving husbands, giving fathers, and our friends," said Sheptor.

"Please say thank you to those who we lost we will miss you and remember you for the rest of our lives," he said.

Sheptor also took time to thank the entire community for all their continued support. 

Reported by: Brooke Kelley,

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