Joplin Memorial Service Sunday to Feature Jay Nixon, Barack Obama

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To date, 132 people are confirmed dead after a horrific tornado swept through Joplin, Missouri, last Sunday. - MIKE MEZEUL
  • Mike Mezeul
  • To date, 132 people are confirmed dead after a horrific tornado swept through Joplin, Missouri, last Sunday.
President Barack Obama and Governor Jay Nixon will be the featured speakers at a memorial service Sunday to mourn the Joplin residents who lost their lives in a deadly tornado May 22.

The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Taylor Performing Arts Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. According to the governor's office, Randy Garris of College Heights Christian Church will lead the service. The Reverend Justin Monaghan of St. Mary's Church will bring the invocation and benediction, while the Reverend Aaron Brown of St. Paul's United Methodist Church will deliver the homily.

The churches pastored by both Monaghan and Brown were destroyed in the tornado.

A total of 132 people have been confirmed dead to date -- making it the nation's deadliest in the last six decades. Officials still have a missing persons list featuring 156 people, so that toll may rise.

President Obama has been in Europe, but had vowed to visit Missouri upon his return.

Today Governor Nixon also announced that Sunday will be an official state day of prayer and remembrance for the Joplin storm. Both the U.S. flag and the one for Missouri will fly at half-mast on government buildings across the state.

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