Joplin: 1 year later

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Parishioners gather around the cross at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The cross is all that remains of the church which was destroyed by a deadly tornado one year ago. The community is marking the anniversary of the twister that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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The sun sets behind the gutted remains of the old St. John's Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The hospital was destroyed a year ago by a deadly tornado that killed 161 people as it cut through Joplin. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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The sun sets behind the gutted remains of the old St. John's Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The hospital was destroyed a year ago by a deadly tornado that killed 161 people as it cut through Joplin. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Community members attend a ceremony marking the anniversary of a deadly tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., a year ago on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The twister killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Joplin firefighters stand at attention during a ceremony marking the anniversary of a deadly tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., a year ago on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The twister killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Joplin firefighters stand at attention during a ceremony marking the anniversary of a deadly tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., a year ago on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The twister killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Marilyn Sixx hugs her son, Chris Sixx, during a ceremony marking the anniversary of a deadly tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., a year ago on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The twister killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Marilyn Sixx, right, hugs her son, Chris Sixx, during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of last year's EF-5 tornado that killed 161 people, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The tornado that cut a wide swath through Joplin a year ago is the costliest on record. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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A steeple is set into place on the new LDS Church as people walk along the path of destruction on the anniversary of a deadly tornado that devastated the area a year ago, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The community is marking the anniversary the twister that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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People walk past a memorial to tornado victims who died in a nursing home along path of destruction on the anniversary of a deadly tornado that devastated the area a year ago, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The community is marking the anniversary the twister that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Parishioners gather around the cross at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The cross is all that remains of the church which was destroyed by a deadly tornado one year ago. The community is marking the anniversary of the twister that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Volunteers work on a Habitat for Humanity home Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The community is marking the anniversary of a deadly tornado that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin a year ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Volunteers work on a Habitat for Humanity home Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The community is marking the anniversary of a deadly tornado that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin a year ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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The ruins of the tornado damaged St. John's Regional Medical center stands in the distance as people walk the path of destruction Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The community is marking the anniversary of an EF-5 tornado that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin a year ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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People walk along the path of destruction on the anniversary of a deadly tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., one year ago on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The community is marking the anniversary of the twister that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Thousands of people walk the path of destruction of last year's deadly tornado Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The community is marking the anniversary of an EF-5 tornado that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin a year ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Parishioners gather around the cross at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The cross is all that remains of the church which was destroyed by a deadly tornado one year ago. The community is marking the anniversary of the twister that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Thousands of people walk the path of destruction of last year's deadly tornado Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The community is marking the anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin a year ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Residents of Joplin, Missouri gathered Tuesday to mark the one year anniversary of the tornado that devastated the town, damaging thousands of buildings and killing 161 people.

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