Lubbock Tornado Memorial Gateway Committee hosts groundbreaking

Lubbock Tornado Memorial Gateway Committee hosts groundbreaking

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Construction is ready to begin on the Lubbock Tornado Memorial Gateway. 

The groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday morning commemorated the 1970 twister that killed 26 victims and wounded nearly 1,500 others. 

The F5 started near Texas Tech's campus and carved a wide swath through downtown. The Memorial Gateway will be at Glenna Goodacre and Ave. Q. It's also intended to pay tribute to Lubbock's resiliency. 

Robert Taylor was a college student at the time the tornado hit. 

"I've thought in my mind, I've said Lubbock will never be that same. And you know, it turned out to be true, but it wasn't the way I was thinking. Because the next days and weeks and months, especially a year, we had leaders like Lonnie Hollingsworth that put everything back together and in record time, Lubbock was rebuilt," he said.

The memorial's expected to be completed in time for the 50th anniversary next May 11.

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