(Joplin, MO) – With the 10-year anniversary of the Joplin tornado approaching, a citizens committee is planning a modest and heartfelt day of remembrance.
The morning of Saturday, May 22 with be the tenth running of the Joplin Memorial Run, which is dedicated to the memory of those who passed away due to the disaster. For more information, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Later that day, that day, as the community has done in other years, there will be a gathering in Cunningham Park near 5:41 pm. The observance ceremony will mark the moment from 2011 to honor and remember the loved ones who died with a reading of the 161 names. Prayer and music will also be part of the remembrance. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. at Cunningham Park, located at 26th Street and Maiden Lane.
During the program, former Missouri Governor Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon will speak regarding the recovery, with Joplin Mayor Ryan Stanley serving as the emcee of the program. Other speakers include Chairperson of the Citizen Advisory Recovery Team Jane Cage and Joplin City Manager Nick Edwards. Council Member and former Mayor Gary Shaw will say the benediction to close the program.
Preliminary plans also include community time in Cunningham Park starting at 3:00 pm with area organizations. Various activities will be offered, such as Healing Through Art with Ann Leach, a life coach and mental health professional.
There will be seating available for the program, however people are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their gatherings in the park as well. A portion of 26th Street will be closed, starting at Maiden Lane to Picher Avenue/St. John’s Boulevard.
For more information, contact the City of Joplin at 417.625.4789.
Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 204