The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

November 10, 2012

Parade honors veterans and their role in Joplin' s recovery

JOPLIN, Mo. — High winds didn’t keep area residents away from downtown Joplin Saturday morning for the annual Veterans Day parade.

American Legion Post 13 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 534 organized the 25th annual parade to honor soldiers who have served in all branches of the military.

Legion Post Commander Howard Spiva said that parade organizers wanted to honor the rebuilding of Joplin in the wake of the May 22, 2011, tornado, and to recognize the role veterans played working alongside residents to help the city recover.

“We wanted to thank the special veterans locally and throughout the country who helped us when we needed it the most,” Spiva said. “We had an outpouring of help, especially from other Legion posts. We honor that in addition to our servicemen from past wars and who are serving now.”

That outpouring of help was exemplified by American Legion Post 1080 from Mahopac, N.Y. Members of the post traveled to Joplin in the aftermath of the tornado to help with rebuilding. Post Commander Joe Toleno, along with several other members of Post 1080, traveled to Joplin this past week to take part in the Veterans Day festivities, including marching during the parade.

“We came back because we wanted to see how progress was coming along,” Toleno said. “We saw the happy faces today while we marched, and that’s a lot of pride that you can’t describe. Coming here for the weekend to see this area again and to see it strong and to see the people happy, that’s the way we say thanks, by marching here.”

Younger members of the community also participated in the parade, including Boy Scout Troop 10 of Joplin and Troop 70 of Carl Junction and Girl Scout Troop 710. Some of the Boy Scouts handed out small flags to those watching the parade. Scout Leader Tony Dameron said that this is the kind of event the Scouts look forward to.

“The Exchange Club invited us out here today and we are thankful to participate, and they take pride in learning what today is about,” Dameron said.

Matthew Goodan, 14, of Troop 10, said he was filled with pride to see people waving the flags that they handed out.

“We put hundreds of flags into people’s hands today,” Goodan said. “Seeing people waving them and putting them out means a lot to us. I love seeing this support of freedom.”

Band concert

The parade featured marching bands from Joplin and Webb City high schools and from Joplin middle schools. After the parade concluded, the Joplin High School band held a concert at Memorial Hall that was open to the public.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0420earthday.jpg Prairie State Park kicks off Earth Day events

    Prairie State Park began celebrating Earth Day early with an event Saturday that provided a chance for people of all ages to learn more about how they can protect the environment.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joplin Catholic schools to hold annual spring auction

    The Joplin Area Catholic Schools spring auction will be staged Saturday at the Jack Lawton Webb Convention Center, 5300 S. Range Line Road in Joplin.

    April 19, 2014

  • Wally Kennedy MUG72.jpg Wally Kennedy: Another pizza choice and ice cream on the way

    A new pizza restaurant is coming to the northwest corner of Stone’s Corner in the Village of Airport Drive. Piez is opening this week in a storefront that formerly housed Quincy Magoo’s, 6039 N. Main Street Road, which has been closed for more than two years.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • mike pound_cnhi .jpg Mike Pound: No more hiding Easter eggs or emotions

    Well, that’s a wrap on the Easter egg hunts. For about 15 years we have staged not one, but two Easter egg hunts for our now 16-year-old daughter, Emma.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041914 Wedding1_72.jpg VIDEO: Cancer patient walks down aisle in wedding thrown by friends

    A year ago, Schandera Jordan was diagnosed with a rare form cervical cancer. And months after a radical hysterectomy, doctors confirmed the worst: The cancer had spread to her lungs and pancreas.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • r041614giregabby.jpg SLIDE SHOW: Teen with cystic fibrosis finds widespread support

    When the Nevada Show Choir performs its spring show on stage, it’s impossible to pick out the student with cystic fibrosis because there are no outward clues.
    Gabby Gire, 18, is just another performer. She sings, she dances, she smiles for the audience.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Enrollment open for Joplin summer school

    Enrollment is now open for the Joplin school district’s summer school session, which will run Wednesday, June 4, though Tuesday, July 1.

    April 19, 2014

  • r041814capbus4.jpg Funding shortfall could hinder public transportation in Southeast Kansas

    For the past two years, Pittsburg State University sophomore Travis Cook has been using public transportation to get to and from his classes. He began using the bus his freshman year, when he didn’t have a vehicle to drive even to the grocery store — which is said to be the case for many who use the service.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bruner denied change of venue for murder trial

    Circuit Judge Gayle Crane has denied a change of venue for a defendant charged with fatally shooting an assistant football coach at Missouri Southern State University. The attorney for Jeffrey Bruner claimed pretrial publicity as the reason for seeking a change of venue in Jasper County Circuit Court.

    April 18, 2014

  • Russell family sues city, Joplin police

    Family members of a teenage girl whose suicide a year ago brought them into conflict with police officers and emergency medical technicians are suing the city and the Joplin Police Department. Kevin and Julissa Russell and their son, Brant Russell, are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in Jasper County Circuit Court. The action filed on the Russells’ behalf by Kansas City attorney Andrew Protzman names the city, the Police Department and Officers Austin Wolf and Tyler Christensen as defendants.

    April 18, 2014

Must Read


Missouri Republicans are considering a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights: barring them from future careers in state law enforcement agencies. Do you think this proposal has merit?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter