Posts Tagged ‘ joplin tornado ’

Through strength and perseverance, a pride well earned.

May 22, 2021
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When Joplin was ripped apart on that afternoon of Sunday, May 22, 2011 I was safe at home recovering from outpatient surgery.  It would take an agonizing four more days before I could do anything of value in town so I did the only thing I could at the time.  I scribbled together some...

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Yes Virginia, Christmas miracles are real

December 25, 2020
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I am blessed today to recount to you a true story of a Christmas Miracle right here in Joplin. The story begins almost a decade now past when in the late afternoon of May 22, 2011, two of the first people I met upon moving to Joplin found themselves huddled in their basement as...

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Joplin Tornado 5 years past: The birth of Joplin Proud, Joplin Strong

May 22, 2016
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I was born in the shadow of World War II and Korea.  Came of age as Vietnam raged.  Of stories of hell past and present.  Yet no imaginary image, no matter how terrible, could have prepared me for May 22, 2011. Growing up in southern Kansas, tornadoes were a part of life.  I had...

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Two days or two years, Joplin & Moore remain ‘strong & proud’

May 22, 2013
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Anniversaries are supposed to be joyous, celebratory occasions. But sadly for reasons we will never know, far too many “anniversaries” are reserved for tragedies and pain. From acts of war, December 7th, 1941 and September 11, 2001/2012 to dates of natural disaster. Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 and a new date added to the...

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Hometown reflection, Joplin tornado one year past

May 22, 2012
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Whether its 365 days, 8,784 hours, 527,040 minutes, or 31, 622, 400 seconds it all breaks down to one thing:  One year ago today Joplin, Missouri suffered a level of devastation not seen since Berlin, Tokyo, Hiroshima and hundreds of other cities around the world were reduced to rubble by the ravages of war....

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Joplin shows the world with its “Can Do” 90 days

August 22, 2011
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Joplin shows the world with its “Can Do” 90 days

During the Great Depression the Empire State building was completed in just 410 days. 1, 397 miles of the Alaskan-Canadian Highway was completed in less than a year during WWII. Hoover Dam didn’t just come in on time, it came in two years early. Examples all of the famous Yankee “can do” spirit and...

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