Dena Lang and members of the Cullman County Quest Club have done numerous community service projects over the years since the organization was founded in 1962.
But as the 50th anniversary of the club approached, Lang and others set out in search of something special to do for the community to mark the milestone. For over a year, they searched, and brainstormed what to do.
And then it came.
Months after the April 27 tornado, member Pat Owens was at the courthouse discussing a potential project when she learned the flag that was flying over the courthouse at the time the tornado hit had been found and returned.
“It was either put new furniture in the lobby, or have the flag treated and framed,” Owens said. “And when we learned of the flag, we said, ‘that’s it.’ We wanted to something that would be lasting.”
Lang added, “We realized this would be something lasting that would stay for prosperity.”
Last week, maintenance workers at the courthouse got the finished piece hung. The flag now hangs in a display frame in-between the first and second levels of steps inside the courthouse.
“This is not only significant for us, but for Cullman as well,” Lang said. “It’s the epitome of strength and courage. From the disaster, we’ve certainly seen a rebirth. This just couldn’t have worked out more beautifully.”
Another item surviving the violent winds of April 27 hangs not far from there. Earlier this month, maintenance workers helped hang a decoupage clock the on the wall outside of the Cullman County Commission meeting room. A photo of the marble-clad courthouse, dedicated on July 3, 1965, serves as the background for the piece Meanwhile, the original clock face is stopped at 2:54 p.m., marking the time the tornado struck the building.
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