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Wordless Wednesday: Joplin, One Year Later

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Disaster Response and Recovery

Earlier this week, National Service traveled to Missouri to help the community of Joplin mark the one-year anniversary of the tornado that struck the town last year. The response to the destruction has been remarkable - with volunteers traveling from near and far to help rebuild Joplin. On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, thousands of Joplin residents, volunteers, and supporters came together to honor those lost and celebrate the last year's progress.

A view of the crowd during the May 22 Unity Walk in Joplin, MO, marking the one-year anniversary of the 2011 tornado.


A Joplin resident displays a tee shirt signed by the volunteers and AmeriCorps members who are helping rebuild his home after the May 21 tornado that struck the town in 2011.

A boy carries an American flag during the City of Joplin's Unity Walk marking the one-year anniversary of the devastating tornado that ravaged the city on May 22, 2011..

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, with the AmeriCorps members currently serving in Joplin, MO during the May 22 Walk of Unity.

A flag flies from a the ladder of a Joplin Fire Department truck.

A man dons a tee shirt displaying his support for Joplin, MO.

Honor Guard stands at attention during a memorial ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the May 22 tornado in Joplin, MO.

A portion of 'The Miracle of Human Spirit' memorial in Cunningham Park recognizes the volunteers who responded to the tornado after it tore through Joplin, MO on May 22, 2011.

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