WASHINGTON — Low key.
That's how the president of the Washington Ministerial Association describes an open house the association is hosting Saturday on the fifth anniversary of the Nov. 17, 2013, tornado that decimated Washington.
"It will be an informal gathering. A time to share memories and celebrate our recovery from the tornado," said the Rev. Camilla Hempstead, pastor at Evangelical United Methodist Church.
"There was a parade this summer in Washington that honored the first responders who helped our city after the tornado. I think for many residents, that put a cap on big post-tornado events," Hempstead said.
The open house Saturday will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Washington Fire Station, 200 N. Wilmor Road, and include a free continental breakfast.
There will be a short remembrance service at 9 a.m.
"A song or two and some prayers," Hempstead said. "We don't want to monopolize the time."
A video documenting the tornado's aftermath and the city's rebuilding put together by the Rev. Ben Davidson, associate pastor at Bethany Community Church, will be shown continuously during the open house, Hempstead said.
The ministerial association hosted a prayer service attended by an estimated 1,000 in Torry Gym at Washington Community High School a few days after the tornado.
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