This weekend, the residents of Joplin will remember those lost in the May 22, 2011, tornado. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
At its meeting on Monday night, the Joplin city council heard from the head of the cities Tourism and Visitor’s Bureau, Patrick Tuttle, about a new 15-minute documentary which chronicles the lives of 13 individuals and how the storm affected their lives. The film casts a wide net to tell the story of the Joplin tornado, from the Federal government’s response to a little girl who was in 2nd grade at the time and graduated high school a few days ago. Tuttle speaking at the meeting Monday night, “The 15-minutes video titled, Joplin 10 years stronger. It’s a tribute to the 161 that are no longer with us. The strength of the many survivors that call Joplin home. And the support of the 100’s of 1000’s of volunteers that came to our aid.” The city will officially remember that tragic day with a community event and remembrance this Saturday at Cunningham park starting at 3 pm.