JOPLIN, Mo. — It's been six months since the devastating EF5 tornado plowed through the town of Joplin. The twister destroyed one third of the town.
Tuesday, more than 1,000 people attended the memorial service to remember those those who died. At 5:41 p.m., the time the tornado hit on May 22, the crowd stood and lit lights for a moment of silence.
"In six, short-months the tornado's wounds, some still visable and some hidden deep within us, are healed," Gov. Jay Nixon said. "Brick by brick and board by board, the people of Joplin are rising from their granite faith."
The city dedicated a fountain, a plaque and a red oak tree in Cunningham Park in memory of the victims. The city will plant 161 trees in honor of those who were killed.