JOPLIN, Mo. (KSDK) - A program to commemorate the second anniversary of the Joplin tornado has been moved back to 5 p.m.
At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 residents will be able to talk about recovery work and future plans in individual tents scattered in Cunningham Park. The Long Term Recovery Committee, housing, schools, healthcare, trees, trails, volunteers, Ministerial Alliance, arts, an educational and healing garden, and the commercial and business redevelopment teams will all be represented at the event.
A program highlighting the announcements of Resilience, Resolve and Realization will start at 5 p.m. and end with a moment of silence at 5:41 p.m., the time the EF5 tornado touched down and hit Joplin and Duquesne.
"The program has been moved back to 5 p.m. to allow time for several announcements that recognize our community's experience," said City Manager Mark Rohr. "That day will forever be remembered in Joplin, and the spirit of the citizens throughout the recovery has defined us. This short program will acknowledge the work and the essence of Joplin citizens who have been through so much these past two years, but continue to move forward."
The event this year is family picnic-style, and those attending should bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on.
Attendees will also be able to visit the Memorial Fountain and Plaque, which honors the 161 people killed in the May 22, 2011 tornado.
Parking will be available in outlying neighborhoods. Street closures will be temporary because many neighborhoods that were rebuilt are not in areas where it is feasible to have long-term closures.