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Arkansans show support for Joplin

By: 31 May 2011 No Comment

Last Sunday, thousands of people … including U.S. President Barack Obama … traveled to Joplin, Mo. to memorialize those who died and to offer support for survivors. It was a day of remembrance, of healing.

As most of you have probably heard by now, the controversial group Westboro Bapstist Church, which is known for protesting at funerals, etc. tried to get there. The news that Westboro might be there led many people to head to Joplin to block the protestors in a peaceful way to protect the mourners. The thousands of people who lined the streets not only protected the mourners (from protesters who weren’t heard from but apparently did try to get there), but they honored the dead and celebrated the lives that were saved. By the way, there were also reports that the Westboro crowd tried to get food at a local pizza place … and was turned away.

You may think it strange that we, an Arkansas newspaper, keep talking about Joplin, a town in Missouri. The truth is, when a tragedy this bad happens, it affects us all. It’s also very true that many Arkansans have gone up to help our neighbors to the north. We don’t want to ignore those who are suffering right here in the Natural State. If you have pictures, info, etc. of storm recovery in Arkansas, please send it to

These photos are just a sampling of the thousands of people who were there. Thanks to friend Kristi Mitchell for sharing her and boyfriend Scott Parker’s photos from the day.





SUV carrying President Barack Obama


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