The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 22, 2013

Tornado memorial set for today

By Johnny McMahan
CNHI News Service

WOODWARD — Woodward’s recovery efforts in the aftermath of the April 15, 2012, tornado caught the attention of the entire state.

Everyone chipped in during the weeks after the tornado, which left six people dead and more than 200 homes and businesses destroyed or damaged, and caused a minimum of $13.1 million in property damage.

The efforts of everyone associated with the recovery effort will be recognized today as the city of Woodward hosts Tornado Recovery Tribute: Recognizing a Community of Heroes.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodward Conference Center and will include recognitions, proclamations and remarks from several dignitaries, including Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and State Sen. Bryce Marlatt of Woodward.

“This tribute is simply the city celebrating the fact that Woodward is a genuine and caring community and to say ‘thank you’ to everyone involved no matter how they contributed,” said Alan Riffel, Woodward city manager.

The evening also will include a video/power point presentation on the tornado, the recovery effort and the way the community rallied through a traumatic event.

“The selfless generosity of so many that dreadful night, the weeks that followed and the entire last year has been incredible,” Riffel said. “The way this community rallied together has been inspirational. We are all blessed to live here.”

The event is free and open to the public.


• Invocation — Rev. James Bailey, Woodward Church of Christ

• Welcome — Roscoe Hill, mayor

• Remarks — Marty Logan, News 9 storm spotter

• Review of Response — Alan Riffel, city manager

• Report on Volunteerism — John Elam, chairman of Recovery Woodward

• Special Recognition — Mayor Hill and City Manager Riffel

• Special Proclamations — John Doak, state insurance commissioner

• Report on Cases — Steve Jones, chairman of Woodward Community Foundation

• Report on Outcomes — Riffel

• Remarks — Bryce Marlatt, State Senator, District 27

• Featured Speaker — Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb

• Benediction — Becky Pierson, New Horizon United Methodist Church

McMahan is editor of The Woodward News.