Tuesday, April 27 marks 10 years since the 2011 tornadoes that struck Tuscaloosa and the region. To commemorate the anniversary and honor the victims, first responders and citizens who banded together during recovery efforts, the City of Tuscaloosa will host three simultaneous vigils at the locations of the new tornado memorial plaques.
More powerful than the fury of nature stands the spirit of Tuscaloosa.
On April 27, 2011, a devastating outbreak of tornadoes left an unprecedented path of destruction through our City. That day, on street corners and in neighborhoods, the fury of mother nature was met with the best of humanity.
Thousands of citizens, burdened by tragedy but inspired by a quiet hope, came together to aid the injured, search for the missing, and begin to rebuild our City before the sun had even set on the destruction.
This monument is dedicated in gratitude to the volunteers whose courage and unrelenting spirit demonstrated the heart of the City of Tuscaloosa.
To Tuscaloosa’s heroes, in honor of service above self
The men and women who serve our community daily, risking their own lives to protect our City, are true heroes. It is because of their commitment to service above self that we continue to overcome and prevail.
This memorial is in gratitude to the first responders who risked everything on April 27, 2011 when a devastating tornado left a path of destruction through Tuscaloosa. Your courage, fortitude, and resilience in the face of tragedy demonstrates the true heart of Tuscaloosa.
Burdened by tragedy, united in hope
On April 27, 2011, one of the most devastating tornado outbreaks in the history of Alabama left an unprecedented path of destruction through the City of Tuscaloosa.
To those who perished in the storm or lost their lives as a result of tornado-related injuries, Tuscaloosa will never forget you. Your lives are embedded
in the fabric of this community which, though burdened by tragedy, is united in hope.