Joplin Commemorates Anniversary of Deadly Tornado

6 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, May 22 2012 May 22, 2012 Tuesday, May 22, 2012 4:23:00 AM CDT May 22, 2012 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) - A day of solemn remembrances and forward-looking celebrations is planned Tuesday as Joplin commemorates the anniversary of a tornado that ripped the city in half.

The May 22, 2011, twister was the nation's deadliest in six decades, killing 161 people, injuring hundreds more and destroying thousands of buildings, including the city's only public high school. Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled at three sites for replacement buildings, including Joplin High School's future home.

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to attend a sunrise service at Freeman Hospital honoring the city's medical workers and volunteers who have aided the recovery.

A unity walk through some of the city's hardest hit neighborhoods will end at Cunningham Park at 5:41 p.m. That's the precise time when the EF-5 tornado packing 200 mph winds hit Joplin.

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