Published: May 30, 2011 3:50 PM EDT
Updated: May 30, 2011 3:50 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Exactly a week after Joplin was hit by the deadliest tornado to strike the U.S in decades, President Barack Obama visited the Missouri city to offer hope to survivors and promises of help.

Obama came face to face Sunday with the legions of homeless, consoling the community during a memorial service to remember the more than 130 people killed in the storm.

The crowd cheered when Obama said, "I promise you your country will be there with you every single step of the way." It was a pledge he extended to all parts of the nation raked by violent storms this season.

Authorities are still trying to identify victims and volunteers are combing through the demolished neighborhoods. As of late Sunday, 39 people remained unaccounted for.

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