The eyes of Northeast Missouri, the nation and indeed the world remain on Joplin, Mo., in the wake of the massive, deadly tornado that leveled a large chunk of the southwest Missouri city last weekend. Now comes word that Sunday will be set aside as an official State Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the tornado’s victims while a community memorial service is held in Joplin that day.
The Joplin memorial service, which President Barack Obama will attend, will coincide with flags at half-staff at all government buildings in Missouri Sunday.
Nixon said in a proclamation today that the tragedy has touched all Missourians and that Sunday’s dedication gives all Missourians the opportunity to think and pray on its impact.
“In the most trying times of disaster, grief and loss, Missourians come together to provide support, strength and assistance,” Nixon said in a proclamation. “During this day of prayer and this memorial service, I invite all Missourians to pause and remember their neighbors and draw upon the resources of their faith in support of their fellow Missourians.”
I know I often wonder what happened when I see a flag flying at half-staff. If you’re wondering yourself on Sunday, this should answer your question.
Please keep remembering Joplin in your thoughts and prayers, and help as you feel led. And if you know anybody on the most current list of 156 missing persons there, please contact the authorities.