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Limestone County tornado memorial now complete

The memorial is in the shape of Limestone County. The memorial is in the shape of Limestone County.

A memorial that stands to remember victims of tornado events spanning 87 years in Limestone County is now complete.

Community members held a dedication ceremony for the memorial Friday morning.

"Our goal was to have something symbolic," Kelly Kazek said.

Kazek was a reporter in Athens when the April 27 storms swept through Limestone County, killing four people there.

"We knew it was time to honor those who had died and also honor those who came to the aid of the community," she said.

When word got out that Kazek and the Tornado Remembrance and Awareness Committee were looking for a builder, two brothers jumped at the chance to help.

"I had a family member who lost his entire home in the tornado," said Al Burns.

Burns operates Precision Masonry in Athens. He remembered when the community pulled together to help his relative.

"It was just such an outbreak and such an overwhelming show of community and we want to share in that and help with this project," he said.

Burns and his brother volunteered their time to build the memorial for free. They conceived the design themselves, making sure its shape and bricks had meaning.

"All of the bricks were donated by people from Limestone County who lost their homes in the storm who wanted to help share and remember those who lost loved ones in the storm as well," Burns said.

The shape of the memorial resembles the outline of Limestone County.

Burns put the final touch on the memorial early Wednesday. A bronze plaque fastened securely on the memorial's wall now hovers over the names of those who died from separate major tornados.

"People listed on this memorial have died in tornadoes from 1924 to April 27." Kazek said.

The memorial serves to remember those who have passed but also to those who have helped others survive.

"We just think it's important to let people know how much we appreciate those efforts," Kazek said.

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