Henryville remembers destructive tornadoes 1 year later


by Karma Dickerson


Posted on March 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Freezing temperatures didn't stop hundreds from lining the streets of Henryville for the March 2 anniversary parade.

For some, the sirens on the fire trucks in the parade were the first they'd heard since deadly tornadoes ripped through their town on March 2, 2012.

However, Saturday the sirens mixed with sounds of hope and pride as the community celebrated how far they've come and the people who made it possible.

A commemoration ceremony followed at Henryville High School held in the gymnasium that a tornado left in shambles a year ago.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence and tornado survivor and double amputee Stephanie Decker were some of the notable faces in the crowd. 

But the words of inspiration and gratitude  were also directed to the hundreds of less known heroes and survivors including the over 300 Kentuckiana firefighters, law enforcement, and volunteers who helped rescue Henryville from a path of destruction 13 miles long and a half mile wide.

Speakers also recognized the aid groups working to help residents repair and rebuild over 400 homes.

Though some are still waiting for homes, fewer and fewer signs of the storm remain in Henryville. 

However Saturday, a new monument to March 2 was raised.

Two flags, one American, one for Henryville now stand as a reminder that even when the recovery is over it will not be forgotten.