April 19, 1995 altered the face of Oklahoma -- and the nation -- forever.
Despite this unspeakable tragedy, among the most lasting memories are the tenderness of the response. The people of Oklahoma and people across the nation banded together in a nationwide display of spontaneous altruism.
Trucks became ambulances. Strangers became neighbors. People donated the shoes off their feet. That spirit of generosity -- of giving until there’s no more to give -- has been part of the DNA of Oklahoma -- and our nation -- ever since it was founded.