Joplin Memorial Service

This afternoon, President Barack Obama and Governor Jay Nixon attended a memorial service on the campus of Missouri Southern State University to mourn those lost in the May 22 tornado and to honor those working hard to restore the city.  The memorial service was lead by Father Justin Monaghan, Rev. Randy Gariss, and Rev. Aaron Brown.  The message of the service was that of strength and faith.  I am glad I was able to watch it online.  You can watch the full service on KOAM.

The service proceeded as follows:

-Opening hymn: First United Methodist Church choir.

-Presentation of colors: Missouri National Guard.

-National Anthem: Lt. Col. Regina Kilmer, Missouri National Guard.

-Invocation: Father Justin Monaghan, St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

-Scripture readering: The Rev. Randy Gariss, College Heights Christian Church.

-Inspirational message: The Rev. Aaron Brown, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

-Remarks by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. (Video)

-Remarks by President Barack Obama. (Full Text of Speech) (Video)

-Closing hymn: “Great is they Faithfulness,” entire congregation.

-Benediction: Father Justin Monaghan.

While in Joplin, the President toured the damaged area.  Here are some photos from the President’s visit:

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