PARKERBURG, Iowa (AP) — A cross that was bent when a deadly tornado swept through town will remain that way atop Parkersburg United Methodist Church, a symbol of the town's strength.

Church members say the gesture shows the town may bend, but it won't break.

The cross is one of three atop the church. Two point skyward. The third is bent eastward at an angle — the same direction as the path of the tornado that hit two months ago.

Eight people in the area died and nearly half of Parkersburg was leveled by the twister.

Twenty-two members of the church lost their homes, but their church was spared. Except for the bent cross, the church was missing just one stained glass window.