Greensburg Remembers Victims From Deadly Tornado

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Friday, May 4, 2012

A re-dedication ceremony took place at the Big Well Museum for the victims who died from the May 4th, 2007 tornado.

"Thrilled that the city of Greensburg was able to give the memorial a forever home," said Julia Ohlde, who lost her grandfather in the tornado.

The Big Well Museum is now the permanent site of the victim's memorial. It is a place where Julia can visit to remember the life of her grandfather, Claude Hopkins.

"To have it here, it actually has really deep family ties for us. My family actually helped build the well originally, back in the 1800s. So, I'm absolutely thrilled to death that it's able to be incorporated here," she said.

Although residents have moved forward from the tornado, they are still reminded of the loss and destruction. The tornado killed 13 people in total and injured dozens more.

"We look at the names on the memorial that lost their lives, that's the history and the heritage that built this community for us. It's our awesome responsibility, in the last five years, to accomplish what we've had," said the mayor of Greensburg, Bob Dixson.

The community has been rebuilding since 2007. New structures have risen from the rubble left behind from the EF-5 tornado.

"We have new people come into town every day. As jobs and employment become available, we continue to grow. Our school system's growing. It's a atmosphere of growth," said Dixson.

The victim's memorial is located on the Big Well Museum property. The Museum will open during the Memorial Day weekend.

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