Superstorm Sandy one year later: Vigils for the dead, celebrations of recovery

Before and after: The top photo shows water flooding a neighborhood Nov. 1, 2012, in the Ocean Breeze area of Staten Island. At bottom, Janet Hague stands in her back yard on Oct. 17 in the same area. John Moore / Getty Images

The people and communities that suffered when Superstorm Sandy collided with the eastern seaboard almost a year ago will be remembered in public events marking the anniversary of the storm’s landfall.

The post-tropical cyclone, which made landfall in New Jersey with hurricane-force winds on Oct. 29, 2012, killed 117 people in the U.S. and was categorized as one of the most destructive storms in the country’s history.

Here are some of the events marking the anniversary:

Before and after: The top photo shows damaged homes and others surrounded by sand and debris in Seaside Heights, N.J., on Oct. 31, 2012. The bottom photo shows the same area on Oct. 21, 2013. Andrew Burton / Mario Tama / Getty Images
  • "Sandy Service Day": The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, in collaboration with Jersey Cares, will host "Sandy Service Day: Remember. Rebuild. Recover." on Oct. 29 in an effort to clean up areas of New Jersey still littered with debris. The hope is to mobilize volunteers to work in counties most affected by the hurricane, according to the groups' websites.
  • "Light the Shore" Vigil: The Staten Island Community and Interfaith Long-Term Recovery Organization, which is made up of 70 groups, will host a day of events, including a community supper, before concluding with a candlelight vigil along the waterfront. Organizers are asking residents who live near the shoreline to light a candle by the water.
  • "Small Business Block Party": Dozens of business hit hard by Superstorm Sandy on Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island, N.Y., which have since reopened, will be highlighted during a block party Oct. 29, according to the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce website. The event includes trick-or-treating for kids, food vendors and pony rides.
  • "Looking to the Future": A daylong conference is scheduled at Monmouth University in Long Branch, N.J., and it will include discussions surrounding the events during the storm and the months that followed. Former New Jersey governors Jim Florio and Christine Todd Whitman are slated to speak. Registration is required.
  • "One Year After Sandy": The city of Lindenhurst, N.Y. will host a 15-minute photo montage of the damage left in the storm's wake. The event is co-sponsored by Adopt-a-House, a nonprofit organization based in the city, which helps residents affected by the hurricane.

On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will visit a number of counties throughout the state to meet with first responders, volunteers and residents to recognize them for their strength and resiliency, according to a statement.

In observance of the one-year anniversary, NBC News will dedicate special coverage to the continuing relief efforts and personal stories of those affected by Superstorm Sandy.