(From the City of Joplin)
Organizers encourage citizens to attend the Community Memorial Service set for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 at Cunningham Park. November 22 is the six-month anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that traveled from the western side of the City to the eastern side and into Duquesne and Jasper County, changing our community forever.
“As the six-month anniversary, we will join together in prayer and remembrance,” said City Manager Mark Rohr. “May 22 was a day that we’ll never forget in our community, and this Memorial will be a time of healing as we remember the 161 lives lost, as we gather together.”
The service will start promptly at 4:30 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Limited seating (approximately 1,000 chairs) will be available in addition to handicapped seating. City officials encourage others to bring lawn chairs for the service, as a large crowd is anticipated. Parking for the service has been designated at the southwest and southeast corners of 26th Street and McClelland Boulevard. Handicapped parking will be in the main parking lot of Cunningham Park and can be accessed from Maiden Lane.
All are invited to attend the ceremony which will offer prayer, music, comments from officials, and conclude with a lighting ceremony. In addition, one tree will be dedicated as a symbol of the 161 trees to soon fill Cunningham Park. Each of the 161 trees will be a tribute to those who died because of this disaster.
The service is being held at an outdoor venue, so the public is reminded to dress accordingly. In case of rain or inclement weather, the service will be moved to the Leggett and Platt Center at Missouri Southern State University. If the event does have to be moved to this alternate location, the City will post this news at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 on their website www.joplinmo.org , Facebook.com/CityofJoplin, and provide the relocation information to the local news media for their broadcasts.