A tornado decimated the Village Green Family Campground near Brimfield, Mass., on June 1, 2011, leaving massive damage.

Jack and Rita Lawrie rode out the tornado two years ago in the cellar of the recreational hall at Village Green Campground near Springfield, Mass., crawling out to find a mess of twisted trees and shattered campers, including their own.

It took them about three weeks after the June 1, 2011, tornado to start sleeping overnight again at the Route 20 campground. Now, two years later, they still summer at Village Green. This year marks their 39th year as seasonal campers, the Springfield Republican reported.

“It’s home,” John N. “Jack” Lawrie, 72, said during a recent interview, holding a coffee cup that says “I’d rather be golfing,” one of the few items they had that survived the twister.

“People say, ‘Why in the world did you return?’” Rita A. Lawrie, 70, said. “We never left.”

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