Monday, February 01, 2016
Tributes to unsung heroes and to those lost in tornado needed for new book
As with the first two books, this one, which has the working title 5:41: Five Years Later, will include stories from those who lived through the tornado and from those who were involved in the process of rebuilding Joplin. Some will be reprinted from the earlier books, while we will also include new stories, as well as reporting by John Hacker and me. We will also have some updates from those who were featured in the first two books.
This book will also include never before seen photos from May 22, 2011, and the events in the months after the tornado, most of them taken by Hacker. It will also include new reporting from Hacker and me, and as with the first two books, important historical documents of the tornado and the recovery, including reports and speech transcripts.
As with the original 5:41 book, this one will also include the obituaries of those who were killed by the tornado.
But we are also looking for a different kind of feature for the newest book. We want to do more to commemorate two kinds of people.
-We are looking for brief memories and/or stories about those who lost their lives in the tornado.
-We also would love to have memories and/or stories of the heroes, both from Joplin and from outside, who helped in the days, weeks, months, and years following the tornado, the unsung heroes.
-And as I mentioned in an earlier post, we would still love to have any first-person accounts of the tornado and/or the recovery process, and the events that occurred in the years following, including such things as the reopening of Mercy Hospital, the 2012 Joplin High School graduation, the ceremonies that took place on the one-year anniversary of the tornado, etc.
We will need to have these by Friday, February 19.
Those submitting stories for consideration can e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them via message to us via personal message on the Inside Joplin Facebook page.