LEE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The massive clean-up effort continues in Lee County, but Monday night was about taking a break from all the work.
Hundreds of people came to Beauregard High School for the “Night of Hope” vigil.
The community gathered to lean on each other and remember the 23 lives lost in the devastating EF-4 tornado on March 3.
This community has relied on its faith to get through an unimaginable loss. There were hugs exchanged, tears cried and encouragement offered.
The night meant a lot to Bobby Kidd and his family.
"This community is the best community to live in in the whole world. We are Beauregard strong,” Kidd said.
Kidd’s grandson Armando “AJ” Hernandez was the youngest victim of the March 3 tornado.
"He was just full of life. Always smiling and always brought a smile to the room when he came in. That is what I’m going to miss about him,” Kidd said.
Twenty-three sky lanterns were released in remembrance of the victims while families and hundreds of community members held candles.
Several churches and people who live in Lee County planned the vigil.
“I was just longing for something to do to help,” said Angela Bush, who has organized the event. “A vision so clear came to my head, and I know it was the voice of God, that said ‘they need hope'.”