The Butterfly People

The Butterfly People (HM220S)

Location: Joplin, MO 64804 Jasper County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 3.834', W 94° 31.805'

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As the tornado lifted, the stories began... stories of butterflies, butterfly people or angels that protected children from the storm. The stories were many and miraculous but very believable when set against the backdrop of the physical devastation caused by the storm.
The stories spread rapidly and gave people peace and hope to a community so badly hurt. While there were many different accounts, the following three are representative of the miracle that happened on May 22, 2011.
A father laid on top of his daughter in the yard grasping at the grass to keep them both down. His shoes were pulled from his feet but when the storm lifted and they were both unharmed, his daughter simply said "Daddy, it was OK, a butterfly was holding us down."
A young girl was lifted into the air by the storm, but a butterfly quickly wrapped its wings around her and brought her safely to the ground.
Without a scratch, a child in a car seat emerged from a car filled with glass and debris. When safe from the wreckage, the child described a butterfly wrapping its wings around him, protecting and making him feel safe.
HM NumberHM220S
Placed ByTKF Foundation and the City of Joplin
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 363968 N 4103055
Decimal Degrees37.06390000, -94.53008333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 3.834', W 94° 31.805'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 3' 50.04" N, 94° 31' 48.3" W
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Area Code(s)417
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2431 S Porter Ave, Joplin MO 64804, US
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