9 Tiny Moments of Optimism in Post-Tornado Oklahoma

When Americans face tragedy, sometimes there's solace in even the smallest of gestures.

By Alison Caporimo
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    Stars and Stripes Forever

    On May 20, 2013, the town of Moore, Oklahoma reported a two-mile wide tornado of at least EF4 strength (very violent) that killed at least 24 people and leveled everything in its path. Here, U.S. Marines Dylan Rhodes, Ray Penny and Patrick Canales (from left to right) recover a flag from the destroyed home of Tim and Chritine Jones, and hang it for all to see.

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    Preserving Memories

    Kellie Evey arranges photos on her car's dashboard in an effort to dry and salvage the images of her family that were retrieved from her demolished home.

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    Helping Hands

    A group of volunteers travel from Texas to help residents clean up the storm-ravaged streets.

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    Lost But Found

    Local resident Sean Xuereb carries a disoriented dog from the rubble of a home that was destroyed.

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    Supplies for the Needy

    Shopping carts with new supplies are a hopeful sign among the ruins.

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    Washing Away the Storm

    In a private moment, a man tenderly washes a headstone clean.

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    Kiss the Cook

    A generous cook grills burgers in the midst of the devastated town.

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    Organized Donations

    From diapers to paper goods, volunteers stack much-needed supplies in the pews of a local church.

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    Touching Tribute

    A makeshift memorial of toys commemorates the seven children killed at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.


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