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Moore, OK marks one year since devastating tornado hit


MOORE, Okla. (CNN) -Tuesday marks one year since a tornado devastated Moore, Oklahoma.

Homeowners who decided to stay in the city say they've been united in their effort to rebuild.

"The tornado had picked it up from my driveway and set in down on my neighbor's house," Rachel Swyear, a resident said.

It has been a long year for residents in Moore.

Rachel Swyear's home was destroyed but she and many others in her neighborhood decided to rebuild.

"It is home, but it's so different," Swyear said.

A tragedy which took everything they owned has oddly given them something new.

"We're actually closer now -- now that it's happened -- than we were before. We are a close knit community now and I love it," Swyear said.

Many of the homes coming back now have shelters or safe rooms.

But the homes are not the only sign of survival.

Monday a new flag was raised over the Moore Medical Center.

Brought here by the VFW, this flag once flew over Iraq, but will now remain here.

The Moore Medical Center's flag was taken by the tornado on May 20 last year, thrown to the other side of the highway.

"There was a gentleman removing rubble from his backyard and discovered the flag," Swyear said.

Too tattered to fly again, the flag was preserved and Monday unveiled.

"We thought it was important to bring it back and to have it displayed properly in the new structure," Richie Splitt, an employee of Moore Medical Center said.

A sign this community will continue to move forward.

"As bad as it was, I think there was more good that came out of it," Swyear said.

The governor of Oklahoma will join city leaders for a remembrance ceremony to honor the victims of last year's storms.

The city will also break ground on the new Moore Medical Center.

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