The Battleship Missouri, located in Pearl Harbor, is not letting a mere half an ocean and half a continent keep it from showing support for the people of Joplin, Missouri, who are working to recover from this spring’s devastating tornado.
The Battleship Missouri Memorial made a $3,000 contribution to the Joplin Recovery Fund, established by the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., the largest affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
The Battleship Missouri collected onboard donations from visitors during about two weeks in June to donate to the recovery effort. The collections may continue on a quarterly basis.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the people of Joplin and other impacted areas of Missouri,” said Michael A. Carr, the memorial’s president and chief operating officer.
“The people of Missouri have shown tremendous spirit and determination in rebuilding their communities. We hope our modest gift will help aid them in the challenges that remain ahead.”
The May 22 storm that struck Joplin was the deadliest U.S. tornado in more than 60 years, now claiming 159 lives, injuring more than 1,000 people and causing billions of dollars in damages.
“It’s wonderful to see how an organization with such a deep commitment to Missouri and history of working through adversity is supporting the same type of perseverance being shown by the citizens of Joplin,” CFO President Brian Fogle said.
The Battleship Missouri Memorial, located a ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” that saw the sinking of USS Arizona and ends with Imperial Japan’s unconditional surrender aboard USS Missouri.