(Springfield News-Leader) Thad Beeler remembers standing in his parents' house in Joplin in May 2011, the morning after a tornado roared through the city.
Trees had collapsed onto the roof — which was good in a bizarre way, because that kept it from blowing away. There was damage, but on the wall, pictures of Beeler as a kid were still hanging.
The home next to Beeler's parents was simply gone, only the center stairwell still standing. Beeler remembers looking at it and realizing that any pictures hanging on the neighbors' walls were gone, too.
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“I didn’t have any idea that that thought would actually mean something later,” Beeler said.