Rockford Scanner™: Anniversary Of The Devastating Belvidere Tornado




April 21st will mark the anniversary of the devastating Belvidere tornado that hit back in 1967. An EF-4 tornado with wind speeds over 250 MPH hit the Belvidere area and hitting the school.

The tornado killed 24 people and injured over 500 people. It struck when the school was letting out and many children were caught inside the buses at the Belvidere High School at 1500 East Ave, as the tornado hit the school.

Jackie Krause said she witnessed three tornadoes turn into one huge tornado.

Classroom doors were used as stretchers.
The high school gym became a morgue.

13 of the 24 deaths were at the school. 300 of the 500 injured, were also at the school.

NWS:

The Belvidere Tornado

The tornado first struck at 350 PM two miles southeast of Cherry Valley. The tornado passed the Chrysler plant near I-90 where 300 new cars and 100 employee cars were destroyed.

The tornado continued east northeast through the southeast side of Belvidere. One hundred twenty seven homes were destroyed, and hundreds more were damaged.

The most notable and horrific part of this tornado was the mayhem at the Belvidere High School. Buses had already picked up the elementary school children and were loading the high school students when the tornado struck. Twelve buses were rolled over. Students were flung like leaves into the muddy field.

Thirteen of the 24 fatalities and 300 of the 500 injuries in this tornado occurred at the high school.

According to Tom Grazulis of The Tornado Project, this was the nation’s sixth worst school death toll from a tornado. (Numbers one and two were also in Illinois – from the great Tri-State Tornado of 1925.) The tornado ended in McHenry County, about two miles north of Woodstock

Read some personal accounts at CLICK HERE

Source: NWS





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Rockford Scanner™: Free USA Flags For Veterans Graves, Get Them In Loves Park




Free USA Flags For Veterans Graves

Location: Field Of Honor Veterans Memorial near Loves Park City Hall

While you are enjoying the Young At Heart Festival this weekend, walk on over to the Field Of Honor Veterans Memorial. Which is located just a stones throw to the North West of the festival grounds.

The free flags are for Veterans graves. When you pick one up, be sure to grab one out of the buckets.


Rickie’s Note: I had the honor of meeting the 92-year-old Lee Hartsfield a little bit ago tonight while at the Field of Honor Veterans Memorial.  We had a nice long conversation. He is a polite gentleman. He was putting flags into the buckets. Him and I talked for awhile. He was telling me how long he has been doing this tradition and the local boys and girls club helps him. And how at one time the tradition was almost terminated, due to the lack of funds. It was an honor to meet and talk to him. And a huge shout out to him for doing this!


Again this year, long-time Loves Park resident and former businessman, Lee Hartsfield, will continue his long-standing tradition of giving away “Free Flags for Veterans’ Graves” for Memorial Day.  Free flags can be obtained at the Field of Honor, located off Riverside Boulevard at 100 Heart Boulevard, Loves Park, IL 61111.  Please feel free to take one flag for each Veterans’ gravesite that you wish to commemorate.  Flags are available now through Memorial Day.  During the Riverside Boulevard closure for construction, from Tuesday, May 16th through Friday May 19th, the Field of Honor will be accessible from Walker Avenue, via River Park Drive or Short Street, through the Loves Park City Hall parking lot.
Read more at: http://loves-park.il.us/news/96/free-flags-for-veterans-graves