Preparations are underway for tomorrow's statewide remembrance for the victims last year's April 27th tornadoes. One of the 62 tornadoes that touched down on that day tore through Eclectic.
Each scoop of sand, candle, and white bow is part of a bigger picture. Illuminaries will light the way through a community that was forever changed on April 27th, 2011.
"We just think we are going to have a very special night. We just want to say thank you to all of the people that helped us last year," said Nancy Myers.
Myers and her husband, Billy Myers, own the Myers Country Acres Mobile Home park that was decimated by an EF-4 tornado one year ago.
"That night when it came here, in five minutes our world changed," said Myers.
So, she spent the day preparing for a special night of remembrance to be held on the one year anniversary.
"It's important to me and it's important to others," said Myers.
During Friday's "Night of Remembrance" as many as 600 people are expected to walk down Middle Road, seeing reminders of what happened here just one year ago. The most striking reminder is four crosses that represent the four who were killed by the tornado that night.
"We remember them and we love them and we just try to keep going," said JoAnn Redden.
Redden left Myers Acres after the storm, but returned to a new home on this property just last month. She says it all wouldn't have been possible without community support and selfless volunteers. She says the one year anniversary will be a night of remembrance and renewal.
"I have no words to say thank you to the people that helped but it's from the heart and I thank everybody," said Redden.
The "Night of Remembrance" will begin on Middle Road in Eclectic Friday, April 27th at 7pm. Any volunteers who gave back are invited to attend.