XENIA, Ohio (AP) -- The southwestern Ohio city of Xenia is planning several events in April to commemorate the anniversary of a tornado that killed 35 people 40 years ago.
The April 3, 1974, tornado that hit Xenia was part of a series of 148 tornadoes over two days that killed 315 people across 13 states.
The Xenia twister destroyed 300 homes and seven schools, and caused more than $1 billion in damages.
The Dayton Daily News reports that among the events recognizing the 40th anniversary is a memorial service on Thursday at the Greene County courthouse.
“The April 3, 1974 event, while tragic, does not define Xenia. What defines this community is our ability to rise from tragedy. It is our ability to overcome, to withstand these hardships, to transform destruction into a thriving community, to embrace friendship, and to be greater than our suffering, that makes us truly great,” stated City Manager Brent Merriman. “We remember this day, and those we have lost; but reflecting on this event allows us to see how far we have come and how much farther we can go.”
There will be a moment of silence for the victims of the tornado, and Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless will read each of their names as a ceremonial bell rings.