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A cross stands where a home once stood before it was destroyed when a tornado hit almost one year before, on May 19, 2012 in Joplin, Missouri. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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8 months after devastating tornado, Missouri hospital to be demolished -

This cross hung in the emergency room at St. John's Mercy Hospital, which took a direct hit from the EF-5 tornado in Joplin, MO. After the storm passed, the cross remained, exactly where it always was. It will now grace the entry of the new hospital.

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The lines change when reflected through the glass and the colour helps it to stand out

Dust lights up the rotors of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter as paratroopers with 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment load for a mission in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on May 23, 2012. Small sand particles striking titanium/nickel abrasion strips on the rotors causes a visible corona at night. In 2009, photographer Michael Yon dubbed this phenomenon the "Kopp-Etchells effect", to honor Cpl. Benjamin Kopp, and Cpl. Joseph Etchells, recently fallen American and British soldiers. (Sgt. Mike…