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Abaco Service of Remembrance on May 22

Katherine Forbes-Smith.

The Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) is announcing the Service of Remembrance for the victims of Hurricane Dorian will take place on Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m.

The service and burial will be led by the Bahamas Christian Council and Abaco Christian Council. It will take place at the Public Cemetery on the S.C. Bootle Highway, Central Pines.

“It is important to celebrate the lives of those who perished during Hurricane Dorian,” said Katherine Forbes-Smith, managing director of the DRA.

“We think it is now possible to have an appropriate service to honor those who died while allowing members of the Abaco community to participate in a manner that upholds public health guidelines.”

Honoring those who lost their lives during Hurricane Dorian is a priority of the Disaster Reconstruction Authority, Abaco Christian Council, Bahamas Christian Council and Bahamas United Funeral Homes and Morticians Association.

The remembrance service was previously postponed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hurricane Dorian hit Abaco and Grand Bahama in September 2019. It was the strongest storm to hit The Bahamas.

The Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) is responsible for the management of reconstruction and restoration in areas designated as disaster zones. The DRA Act was enacted by the Parliament of The Bahamas in 2019 in response to the wide-spread devastation of Hurricane Dorian on the northern Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian was a Category 5 hurricane and the strongest cyclone to hit The Bahamas. The DRA is a corporate body that works collaboratively with national and international agencies in support of disaster recovery. The DRA is committed to maximizing recovery, reconstruction and resilience outcomes with a mission of building a more resilient Bahamas.

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