Sunday, July 1, 2012

Tornado Legacy Day - City Square Plaza by admin

Regina Tornado Legacy Day was held June 30, 2012 in downtown Regina on City Square Plaza and in the Warehouse District at Regina Centre Crossing. Led by Peter McCara Jr, Mayor of Regina in 1912, citizens expereienced that day and shared in a Commemorative Bell Tolling. More Photos

Local actor, Ed Willet, engaged to act as Peter McAra Jr., Mayor of Regina in 1912, revealed the day of the deadly tornado. In Scottish brogue he introduced the audience to the city back in 1912; to the excitement and energy of the growing City; to the heat and humidity of that day; to the terrible storm that struck.  He recalled the devistation and the loss of life. In a very touching and poignant manner the bells at Knox Metropolitan United Church were tolled once as the name of each life lost was recalled. The City of Regina unveiled a cairn to commemorate those who perished in this storm of the century.

The audience at City Square Plaza were given a sampling of the entertainment back in 1912 with a presentation by the Regina Summer Stage musical theatre and presentations by local dignitaries.  They were invited to visit the Story Telling Tent where they could share tornado stories for video-capture. Citizens were also able to visit the downtown churches that had been heavily impacted by the storm and to take a self-guided walking tour that followed the tornado's path.

Individuals then boarded a bus where Gord Goddard, President of Biographies Regina, acted as tour guide. The bus travelled to Regina Centre Crossing in the Warehouse District where participants enjoyed more entertainment, wagon rides and guided tours of the tornado's path of destruction through the area located north of the downtown.