On Saturday, April 2nd, the Newbern Depot Museum will be a part of the 10th anniversary of remembering the 16 tornado victims, from the night of April 2, 2006. A candle light vigil is planned to start at 7:15 pm, with the lighting of 16 candles on the dock next to the depot, about 7:30 pm. The public is invited, and encouraged to bring battery operated candles of their own to the service.
The event will be timed to the hour of the tornado, which tore through north-central Dyer County, between 7-8 p.m. It's 190 mph winds killed 16 people, injured 70 more, and destroyed, or damaged, over 250 structures, on a path from just south of Bogota, to just northeast of Newbern.
A wreath with 16 dogwood blooms will be at the ceremony, and will become a permanent part of the Depot Museum's displays. Also, earlier in the day, around 2 pm, the city's new public tornado shelter will be dedicated at the grounds of the Newbern Elementary School. In other Depot news, the new HO-scale train layout is mainly complete now, and operational. It was built with a combination of public and private monies. We appreciate everyone who donated.
The Depot Museum is also scheduled to be a water stop on a bike race across Dyer County, on Saturday, April 9th. Details of the time are not set as of this writing.