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Remembering the 'Miracle of Marion'

  • Mayor Bob Butler, right, leads the first memorial to the victims of the 1982 Marion Tornado who were honored with a monument and memorial ceremony on May 29, 1983.

    Mayor Bob Butler, right, leads the first memorial to the victims of the 1982 Marion Tornado who were honored with a monument and memorial ceremony on May 29, 1983.
    Courtesy of Beth Butler

  • A photo of the F4 tornado that hit Marion on May 29, 1982.

    A photo of the F4 tornado that hit Marion on May 29, 1982.
    Marion Republican file photo/ Courtesy of Beth Butler

 
BY CURTIS WINSTON
Contributing Writer
updated: 5/26/2022 4:09 PM

MARION -This Sunday marks 40 years since a deadly tornado ripped through Marion.

The May 29, 1982 F4 tornado killed 10 people, injured 200, destroyed homes, dozens of businesses and uprooted thousands of lives.

Mayor Mike Absher said at Monday night's city council meeting that the city will hold a memorial starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, with a display of photos from the disaster.

The service will shift over to Tower Square at around 3 p.m., where Absher said, at 3:16 p.m. the precise time the tornado hit, he aimed to have the clock tower ring for each victim.

The Marion Republican, in conjunction with the City of Marion, has published a 40th Anniversary Tornado Memorial edition that will be available at no charge at the event.