Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013
Columns

In the wake of the recent tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, it is important that we all take time to reflect on this tragedy.  While the city of Moore begins to rebuild, Americans rally together to bring supplies and prayers to those affected by the tornado.  Time and time again, Americans have been tested by unforeseeable events. The American spirit stays strong as it has been exemplified by the citizens of Moore during the days following the storm.  We have seen neighbors helping neighbors, teachers acting selflessly to protect and comfort young students, and our first responders fearlessly rushing to those in need.

The tireless efforts of the first responders in Oklahoma have been remarkable.  Americans have continuously displayed that we are an unwavering nation when faced with hardship.  We will lift Oklahoma up and overcome this tragedy, as we have so many times in the past.

As we watched footage of the storm, our hearts were broken with images of the devastation across the town.  Homes, schools and community facilities have been ravaged, bringing Moore to an unrecognizable sight.  The people of Oklahoma are strong and the people of our country are strong.  Together we will be able to recover and start anew, and more resilient than before.

I know that many Ohioans are sending supplies and their prayers to the people of Oklahoma.  Ohio is no stranger to horrific natural disasters like the one that took place last week.  Without the support of those around the country, towns such as Moore would have a much more difficult time rebounding from the devastating week.  The selfless acts of people in the 7th district of Ohio are just one example of the strong bond Americans hold with one another during trying times.

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