The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 27, 2013

City’s observance of tornado anniversary planned for Cunningham Park

By Debby Woodin

— Plans are being finalized by a city committee for the observance of the second anniversary of the Joplin tornado. The event this year will be centered on Cunningham Park once again but will focus on the city’s recovery, according to a statement issued today by City Manager Rohr.

 Groups involved in the recovery effort such as the Long Term Recovery Committee, the Ministerial Alliance and those representing housing, schools, health care, the arts and other sectors of the community will have booths at the May 22 event for visitors.

 There will be a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. with a moment of silence at 5:41 p.m. in observance of the time the first call was received by emergency dispatchers that a tornado had hit. Visitation to the memorial fountain and plaque commemorating the 161 lives lost as a result of the storm will be encouraged.

 “The Walk of Unity was historical in marking the first year of progress and recognized the healing our community had made in just 12 months. This year is geared toward a family picnic type event, allowing people to observe that significant day in the manner most fitting for them. We are recalling May 22, 2011 while focusing on Joplin’s future,” Rohr in the statement.