May 22, 2011 - The people of Joplin pull each other from the rubble. Memorial Hall becomes makeshift hospital, stage becomes the morgue. AmeriCorps sends its first volunteers to help. Thousands of volunteers begin to arrive.
May 23, 2011 - Governor Nixon declares State of Emergency, deploys the National Guard.
October, 2011 - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Millstone Custom Homes build "Seven Homes in Seven Days" to jumpstart a neighborhood. Drury University Design/Build Program partners with the group in Cunningham Park to create the "Volunteer Tribute".
May 21, 2012 - President Barack Obama speaks at Joplin High School graduation.
May 22, 2012 (1st Anniversary) - 10,000 people walk the six-mile tornado path in the "Walk of Unity" and gather in Cunningham Park. Six time capsules are placed in the Victims' Memorial and a moment of silence is honored at 5:41pm.
This space was made possible through a grant from the TKF Foundation, Walmart and Sam's Club. Project partners: Cornell University, USDA Forest Service, Drury University, Missouri Department of Conservation, Great River and Associates, and Forest ReLeaf of MO. The Butterfly Garden and Overlook was designed and built by Drury University Design/Build Program and Joplin Parks and Recreation.