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Published July 25, 2009, 11:02 AM

Memorial destroyed by tornado is dedicated

Northwood, ND (WDAZ TV) - Today, two years after a tornado ripped through Northwood; hundreds celebrated a day some thought would never come, the dedication of a new Veterans Memorial. Reporter Steve Bodakowski tells us why many say this memorial is needed more than ever.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAY

Northwood, ND (WDAZ TV) - Today, two years after a tornado ripped through Northwood; hundreds celebrated a day some thought would never come, the dedication of a new Veterans Memorial. Reporter Steve Bodakowski tells us why many say this memorial is needed more than ever.

This is a song of happiness and sadness for north wood as hundreds were on hand to dedicate a new Veteran’s Memorial, but in the back of their mind was the devastation that struck nearly two years ago.

“Its all part of the recovery process we have a lot of work left to do but the town is looking really good.”

When the tornado hit, it destroyed the Veteran’s Memorial in the process of being built. Veterans say it's a testament to the people of Northwood.

“This is something extra we all got our homes together, our businesses together, but this is something extra.”

About 1,400 veterans today have lived or live in Northwood, and people in town say they're very important to them.

“The guys who were in World War II they're the guys that made the country what it is and the fact we have so many alive who can touch and feel what its like that's what means the most to me.”

The Mayor says with the memorial in place the town is about 8- percent rebuilt from the tornado

“We still have a lot of stuff that has to be done that people can't see like infrastructure work and that type of thing.”

Lawmakers say this day couldn't have happened without the support and help of people in the town.

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