Butterfly garden to commemorate Joplin tornado

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A butterfly garden honoring victims of the 2011 Joplin tornado opens this week on the third anniversary of the country’s deadliest twister in a half-century.

The garden is located in the city’s Cunningham Park, across the street from where St. John’s Regional Medical Center stood before it was destroyed on May 22, 2011. The tornado also destroyed nearly 7,000 homes while also killing 161 people.

A dedication ceremony of the garden is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, to coincide with the time the EF-5 tornado touched down three years ago. The project is officially known as the Landscapes of Resilience Butterfly Garden and Overloo.

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