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Moore community honors tornado dead on anniversary

A woman hugged her daughter as they recalled a family member who was killed during the 2013 tornado.

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A woman hugged her daughter as they recalled a family member who was killed during the 2013 tornado.

MOORE, Okla. — An Oklahoma community devastated by a tornado a year ago marked the anniversary Tuesday with remembrances that honored the more than two dozen dead and looked toward the future, breaking ground for a new hospital and walking children along a route to a new school.

The storm on May 20, 2013, swept through Moore with winds of 210 miles per hour, injuring hundreds of people, and leveling more than 1,300 homes, schools, and the hospital. Among the dead were seven students from Plaza Towers
Elementary School.

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Elementary school children from Briarwood Elementary School walked to a picnic Tuesday on the site where their school stood before being destroyed. Teachers at Briarwood and Plaza Towers had thrown their bodies over the students as the storm destroyed their buildings. Both schools will reopen in the fall.

At the ceremony, about 600 people gathered for the tribute to the 25 who died in the storm and as a result of it, with a bell ringing by the Moore Fire Department honor guard.

‘‘This is Moore, Oklahoma, and we’re probably going to have another storm,’’ Mayor Glenn Lewis said even as strong winds blew during the hospital groundbreaking.

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