One week ago today an F5 tornado tore through the heart of Joplin Mo.,killing at least 142 people with more bodies being found every day.Buildings were flattened within 3 blocks of our house.We could hear the terrible freight train like noise,it is the most chilling sound I have ever heard.We suffered only light damage at our house.My wife broke her arm while we were searching for her aunt & uncle,whose house had been flattened .The town has shown remarkable spirit in the aftermath of the tornado,American flags have been placed atop rubble all over the city. The generosity of people from all parts of the country has been overwhelming,and has reaffirmed my faith in this great country of ours.We found my wife's aunt & uncle and took them to the hospital ourselves,as local ambulance crews were overwhelmed in the hours just after the disaster. Her aunt & uncle are doing fine.Today President Obama will visit us,and I am sure it will be an emotional time.Many of the people lost,died as heroes,trying to shepard people to safety as the tornado struck.All photographs were taken by myself.

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