Moore, Oklahoma – Two Months Later

   On May 20 of this year, a two-mile wide Category 5 tornado struck the town of Moore, Oklahoma. It destroyed countless homes, dozens of businesses, a medical center, a large shopping complex, and an elementary school. Twenty-four people were killed including several children attending that school. Numerous others were injured, some of them so badly they remain hospitalized to this day.

   At the time of this tragedy, my wife and I had just returned from a trip abroad. We could not believe the devastation we saw on television and felt concerned for everyone involved. During that week, we attended services for my late aunt who had been born in the mid-west. With the approval of her family, Trisha and I made a donation in my aunt’s name to help the victims of the tornado.

   This week, after traveling to a family event in Kansas, we drove to Moore, Oklahoma. What we saw there was overwhelming and almost beyond comprehension. We both became emotional as we drove through the path of the tornado realizing in just moments homes that once stood on the cement foundations we were seeing had exploded and disappeared. As we drove to the site of the Plaza Towers Elementary School, we realized many of the damaged, but still standing homes we were passing, were those of the parents of children who attended that school. When we arrived at the site, now a makeshift memorial, the depth of this horrific event hit us with full force. It’s an emotional jolt we will never forget.

   As a senior, I remember the struggles of earning a living and raising a family. Experiencing an event like this during those years would have been devastating. Here are a few pictures we took, and if there is anyone reading this blog who would like to help the good folks of Moore, let me suggest the following website:

http://www.charitynavigator.org

Plaza Towers Elementary School

Plaza Towers Elementary School

School Memorial

School Memorial

Path of Tornado

Path of Tornado

Tornado Path

Tornado Path

Tornado Damage

Tornado Damage

Only Sign Left at Medical Center

Only Sign Left at Medical Center

Destruction

Destruction

Shopping Complex

Shopping Complex

Shopping Complex

Shopping Complex

School Memorial

School Memorial

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http://www.TheBestofOurLives.com

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