Obama: We Will Get Joplin 'Back On Its Feet'

President speaks at memorial service one week after tornado hit
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2011 1:56 PM CDT
Updated May 29, 2011 4:44 PM CDT
President Barack Obama arrives at the Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 29, 2011.   (AP/Mike Gullett)
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(Newser) – Speaking at a memorial service in Joplin today, President Obama promised, "We're not going to stop 'til Joplin's back on its feet." Obama, fresh off his trip to Europe, arrived in the tornado-ravaged town today to comfort survivors and tour devastated neighborhoods. He promised government help while praising the community's response to the tragedy, the AP reports. "You've demonstrated a simple truth," he said. "That amid heartbreak and tragedy no one is a stranger. Everybody is a brother. Everybody is a sister. We can all love one another."

Elsewhere in Joplin, where at least 40 are still missing, members of Peace Lutheran Church met in the parking lot to hold a worship service today even though the church building was destroyed. “It means everything to me,” one member tells the Joplin Globe. “I couldn’t stay away today.” Click for the latest from Joplin, where the death toll is at 142.

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