Bent Cross on Parkersburg Church to Remain

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By Becky Ogann

PARKERBURG (AP) - Members of the Parkersburg United Methodist Church say the bent cross will remain as a symbol of the town's strength.

They say it shows Parkersburg may bend, but it won't break.

The cross is one of three atop the church. Two point skyward. The third is bent eastward at an angle - the same direction as the path of the tornado that hit two months ago.

Eight people in the area died and nearly half of Parkersburg was leveled by the twister.

Twenty-two members of the church lost their homes, but their church was spared. Except for the bent cross, the church was missing just one stained glass window.

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