Memorial service marks anniversary of deadly tornado

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (WYMT) – The town of West Liberty was nearly leveled during the tornado outbreak one year ago, and on Saturday the community came together at a memorial service to remember all that was lost.

The service included music and food, and honored many people that have contributed to the county's rebuilding efforts.

Yet, officials also made sure to remember, what they say, was such a tragic day exactly one year ago.

Each person in the room at Morgan County High School has their own tornado story. Some barley escaped with their lives.

“I just threw my two granddaughters in the back floor board and laid on top of them,” said tornado survivor Barbara Collins.

And others immediately began helping others.

“We had to do our job first and foremost. I had a town full of people that needed help, but then again, in the back of mind were my kids. I didn't know if they were ok or not,” said Morgan County Fire Chief, Brian Scalf.

But one year later they can all come together to celebrate the progress West Liberty has made.

At exactly 5:47p.m., the moment the tornado hit their town, they observed a moment of silence for the lives that were lost.

The announcer over a first responder’s radio could be heard throughout the room saying, “Forever in our hearts, but never forgotten. God bless all the families and communities affected by the 2012 tornadoes.”

They ended the night by releasing lanterns in their honor. There were four red lanterns for the four miles of destruction from the tornado on Feb. 29 and 36 blue lanterns for the 36 miles carved by the tornado on March 2nd.

All released to remember that the flame of Morgan County will not be blown out.

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