New flag sculpture near Cornell Complex remembers 2011 Joplin tornado victims
Yesterday, on a brisk morning, in downtown Joplin a new memorial was dedicated to remembering the 161 victims who lost their lives in the 2011 tornado. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
Active Lifestyle Events, which provides active lifestyle activities for the community, including the Joplin Memorial Run, unveiled and dedicated the Joplin Memorial Sculpture. This memorial includes the names of the 161 people who lost their lives on May 22, 2011.
Although on public property, the statue was erected near the newly completed Cornell Complex. Clif Wert, the CFO of Connect2Culture, who recently opened the complex, shared these thoughts after the dedication.
"This is hallowed ground to us, as the start of the memorial run, year after year. And we will be hosting those runners here, so they will be coming to this sculpture year after year and see these very important names and to know they are running for a great purpose."
The Memorial Run hosts a half-marathon, a 4-person half-marathon relay, a 5 and 10K, and a kid's run. The event will be held Saturday, May 20, 2023. For 89 9 KRPS, I'm Fred Fletcher-Fierro