(The following news release was issued by the Missouri National Guard.)
The public is highly encouraged to attend a Joplin Community Memorial Service on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at the Taylor Performing Arts Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. No tickets are required for admittance to the venue that opens at 11:30 a.m.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver a message at the service, which will include clergy from the Joplin area and a local choir. President Barack Obama will offer brief remarks.
Once the Taylor Auditorium is full, overflow seating will be available at several campus facilities, including the campus tennis courts, Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall, Black Box Theater in Taylor Hall and Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center where a live broadcast of the service can be seen. Up to 5,000 people will be accommodated for the event designed for citizens. In addition, mental health services will be available at Hearnes Hall.
The program will be streamed via the internet on a link that can be found at www.more.net. A live feed will be provided to television stations to carry the service. Check local listings for availability.
For parking, motorists should enter on Newman Road where Missouri National Guardsmen and local law enforcement will direct them to parking. Handicap parking is available. Shuttles will be provided for those who have to park at a distance. Carpooling is highly suggested.