Residents and officials are dedicated to remembering their losses but are also committed to what is certain to be a long, slow recovery from a tornado that killed 161 people and injured hundreds of others. The storm last May wiped away entire neighborhoods in the city of 50,000, destroyed Joplin’s only public high school and left behind a ghastly moonscape of block after city block of foundations wiped clean of their structures.
Photo: Parishioners gather around the cross at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin, Mo. The cross is all that remains of the church which was destroyed by a deadly tornado one year ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)