ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  First Lady Michelle Obama will be making her way across Missouri Monday.

Mrs. Obama makes her first stop around noon in Kansas City, followed by a visit to St. Louis.

Here, she will first meet with veterans and their families at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, then head out to speak at a Democratic National Committee reception at the Peabody Opera House starting at 2:30 pm.

We’ve also learned that President Barack Obama will speak during the high school graduation ceremony in Joplin almost one year to the day after the southwest Missouri town was devastated by a powerful tornado.

He will deliver remarks at the May 21st commencement ceremony, according to a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

President Obama was in Joplin just days after the May 22nd twister that left more than 160 people dead, including several students and a staff member at the high school.

Speaking at a memorial service, Obama pledged to Joplin residents that “your country will be there with you every single step of the way.”

After much of Joplin High School was levelled by the storm, this year’s seniors have been attending classes at a nearby mall that was converted into a makeshift school.

Officials who had initially predicted a steep decline in attendance now report that nearly 95% of students returned to attend classes in Joplin this school year.

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  1. Bill Lennon says:

    Not Branson…Joplin!

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