Joplin plans events to mark 5-year anniversary of tornado

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) _ The city of Joplin is planning a series of events in May to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the tornado that tore through the community.

A committee called Joplin Proud announced Thursday that it will host the events over a four-day period from May 19-22. The Joplin Globe reports the events will include a community picnic, memorial services honoring victims, a community beautification project, a marathon and children’s fun run, and a disaster recovery summit.

Joplin Proud committee members conducted a citizen survey to generate ideas for appropriate ways to mark the anniversary.

The EF5 twister that devastated Joplin and Duquense on May 22, 2011 killed 161 people.
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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe