There’s been some debate in Cedar Rapids this week over the appropriateness of commemorating the first anniversary of the flood.
Some flood victims, pointing to neighborhoods still deeply scarred by the disaster, say they want no part in commemoration events. A few have argued that a “celebration” is inappropriate.
Community leaders and event organizers have been careful not to use the word “celebration,” insisting instead that this week is a time to remember the flood and its aftermath and to look ahead. They say it’s healthy to take stock after one year, even though recovery will take many years.
What do you think? Is it OK to commemorate the flood? Or is it insensitive to residents who are still struggling to recover?