MILLBURY, OH (Toledo News Now) - The dedication of a gazebo in honor of the seven killed during the deadly 2010 tornado was two years in the making, but it was worth the wait for community members of Lake Township and Millbury.
Two years after the deadly tornado ripped through the Lake Township and Millbury communities, residents have a place to go, to reflect, remember and honor those lives lost.
There were tears, smiles and hugs, but more importantly, everyone was together Tuesday night in Millbury for the same thing: Paying their respects.
It took two years to come to fruition, but many say the gazebo was worth the wait. It includes a memorial stone with the names of each of the 7 victims engraved on it, along with 7 doves to signify their lives "going home."
Members of community came to show their support for the victims and their families as the memorial stone was unveiled and live doves were released.
"We'd been looking to get a memorial for the tornado victims and we worked through the Wood County parks district and we were able to get the gazebo and we had individual bricks with the names on it and we wanted to do a little more and there are seven doves on the memorial. This will be a peaceful place for people to come and to remember," said Clarence Wilburn, Millbury resident.
There is special significance with the seven doves on the memorial stone. Three of them are sitting on a branch together. Those three doves represent the 3 members of the Walters family that lost their lives during the tornado. The four other doves are flying over-head.