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April 12, 2014

Plaza Towers memorial in progress

MOORE — On May 20, 2013, an EF5 tornado tore through the community of Moore; taking with it homes, businesses and the lives of 24 people, including seven children from Plaza Towers Elementary School.

A memorial is being constructed in conjunction with the rebuild of Plaza Towers Elementary. The memorial will honor the seven children who died and pay tribute to the heroic actions of teachers, administrators, family members, emergency responders and volunteers from the Moore community.

Located at the new Plaza Towers Elementary School, on the same site as the previous school, the memorial will be dedicated in August to coincide with the new school year. While construction is proceeding in conjunction with the new school, funding for the memorial is completely reliant on private donations, which can be made online at plazatowers7.org.

According to the website, key elements of the memorial include:

· Seven solid granite benches with the names of each child and special objects carved into the benches which will symbolize the individuality of each child.

· A large shade tree will be planted in the lawn area to provide shade in the warmer months and soften the facade of the school building.

· The plaza will be paved with thick granite slabs. The granite will be in two colors, gray and mahogany. The mahogany granite will form seven sun rays focused on each bench.

· Inspirational messages will be engraved into the pavement.

· There will be seven silhouettes of children, three boys and four girls engraved onto granite plaques on the vertical walls forming the entrance to the school. Each silhouette will include a personal effect that they may be holding like a soccer ball or an image placed on their backpack or clothing that will represent items special to their lives.

More information about the Plaza Towers Memorial, including architectural renderings, can be found at plazatowers7.org.

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