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Hundreds Attend Reopening of Armory Destroyed by Tornado

April 2, 12:35 p.m. CST

PIERCE CITY, Mo. (AP) _ About 200 people turned out yesterday

just south of Pierce City to celebrate the opening of a new

National Guard armory.

The 28-thousand square-foot facility replaces another one that

was destroyed by a tornado three years ago.

It took 14 months to build the four-point-seven million

dollar armory. It is named in honor of Private First Class Lawrence

Witt -- who died in World War Two.

Witt's nephew and his nephew's wife donated more than nine acres

to put the new building on.

Some gathered at the ribbon-cutting said the armory is an

important part of Pierce City's history. The town has had a

National Guard unit since the 1870s. It is the smallest Missouri

city to have a Missouri National Guard armory and the only city to

have a fully funded federal armory.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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