Joplin Proud and Five Years Strong

JOPLIN, MO – September 17, 2015 – In May 2016, our community will mark five years since the devastating EF-5 tornado that tore through Joplin and Duquesne. To honor this, community volunteers announce Joplin Proud – four days to remember what we lost, thank the volunteers who came to our aid, and be proud of the progress we have made as a community.

Joplin Proud has kicked off with an effort by the Joplin Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Spread Our Wings – Fly High and Proud project provides the opportunity to purchase a beautiful butterfly sculpture to be personalized by the buyer. Beginning in May 2016, these sculptures will be displayed throughout Joplin. The proceeds from this project will support the Disaster Recovery Summit to be held at Missouri Southern State University on May 19 and 20.

Throughout the extended weekend, a variety of events are planned to honor what was lost that day and celebrate where our community is five years later. These include the Joplin Memorial Marathon, community reunion picnic, and non-denominational memorial service. A complete calendar can be found at

There are several ways everyone can get involved in Joplin Proud – by volunteering at an event, by financially supporting the events, and by attending the events. Details on how to get involved can be found on the soon to be live website,

Help show the world we are Joplin Proud and five years strong.