Joplin Tornado Memorial, Volunteer Tribute and Children's Memorial
Directly in front of you is the Volunteer Tribute, designed and built by Drury University to honor the 126,000+ volunteers who came to the aid of Joplin within minutes, for months and beyond. The four circles represent Rescue, Recovery, Demolition, and Rebirth. A center mosaic recalls the "Butterfly Stories" children told after the storm. The shards of the mosaic pedestals symbolize broken lives put back together. A bronze hardhat, gloves, sledgehammer, and hammer testify to the valiant efforts of the volunteers.
To the south beyond the Volunteer Tribute, lies a memorial plaque for the 161 lives lost. It sits next to a historic fountain recreated in their honor. Exactly 161 trees are planted in the park.
To the southwest, the reflecting pond honors the children lost. The pond sits on the site of the original playground.
Erected by TKF Foundation and the City of Joplin.
Location. 37° 3.831′ N, 94° 31.794′ W. Marker is in Joplin, Missouri, in Jasper County. Marker is on Maiden Lane north of 26th Street/Gabby Street Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is part of the Butterfly Garden and Overlook. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cunningham Park, Joplin MO 64804, United States of America.
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Also see . . . Butterfly Garden and Overlook. (Submitted on October 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Disasters • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.