Joplin plans 'Unity Walk,' Moment of Silence to mark 1-year anniversary of tornado

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Joplin city officials are preparing to mark the one-year anniversary of last May's deadly tornado that killed 161 people.

Officials plan to hold a "Day of Unity" walk on May 22 that will wind through the city's storm-ravaged neighborhoods.

"It is a day to be one as a community, to stand tall and recognize the many facets of this past year," City Manager Mark Rohr said in a statement on the city's website. "As we remember the many trials and sadness we've experienced, we also acknowledge the courage it takes to move forward in the recovery process."

The walk will begin in the area of 17th and Range Line at about 2:30 p.m. and end at Cunningham Park near the 5 p.m. hour in time for a Moment of Silence slated for 5:41 p.m., the time the EF-5 twister touched down.

Also part of the service at Cunningham Park will be the formal dedication of a bronze plaque inscribed with the names of the 161 people who died in the tornado.

The city has extended a special invitation to the more than 100,000 volunteers who helped in cleanup, recovery and rebuilding in the days and weeks following the tornado.

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