Imperial Sugar is dedicating a memorial park at its refinery near Savannah in honor of 14 workers killed in a devastating explosion one year ago.

Employees and family members of those killed in the explosion and fire are gathering at the site Saturday to mark the anniversary of the blast that tore through the plant on Feb. 7, 2008.

The memorial, called Legacy Park, features bricks from the site arranged in the shape of a cross. In the center, a bronze statue of a pair of hands releases 14 doves representing the workers who
died. Their names are engraved on stones surrounding the statue.

Imperial Sugar CEO John Sheptor said the company wanted workers
and families to have a place on the refinery grounds to reflect on
the tragedy.

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