The Central Texas town of West will observe the first anniversary of a tragic fertilizer plant explosion on Thursday.
15 people were killed in the blast, including 12 firefighters. Multiple homes and schools were also leveled.
While Thursday marks a somber anniversary, the town is already showing a lot of progress in rebuilding, highlighting the hope it has for an even brighter future ahead.
On Wednesday, Governor Rick Perry announced the approval of another State grant of $4.8 million to help the town rebuild its infrastructure, including a water treatment facility. That brings the total of Federal and State grants to just shy of $30 million, with much of the funding going to help rebuild the intermediate and high school, both complete losses in the explosion.
Thursday, both the town of West and West Independent School District will observe a one-time holiday, closing out of respect for the victims of the tragedy.
The town will hold a memorial ceremony at 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, followed by a moment of silence at 7:51 P.M., the exact time the blast changed so many lives there in 2013.
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