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Joplin tornado anniversary plans

6:30 AM, May 22, 2012   |    comments
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ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
Associated Press

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A day of solemn remembrances and forward-looking celebrations is planned Tuesday as Joplin commemorates the anniversary of a tornado that ripped the city in half.

The May 22, 2011, twister was the nation's deadliest in six decades, killing 161 people, injuring hundreds more and destroying thousands of buildings, including the city's only public high school. Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled at three sites for replacement buildings, including Joplin High School's future home.

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to attend a sunrise service at Freeman Hospital honoring the city's medical workers and volunteers who have aided the recovery.

A unity walk through some of the city's hardest hit neighborhoods will end at Cunningham Park at 5:41 p.m. That's the precise time when the EF-5 tornado packing 200 mph winds hit Joplin.

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