MOORE, Okla. – On Tuesday morning, a high-pitched bell cut through the silence in Moore.
It rang out 25 times, each ring in memory of a life lost.
“It was one year ago today that a moment in time in Oklahoma’s history that literally just took our breath away,” Gov. Mary Fallin said. “Today it is important that we do remember, that we reflect, that we not forgot that there are still Oklahomans who are recovering, who are healing and who are suffering today.”
Residents and fellow Oklahomans gathered to remember the lives taken by the storm one year ago but also to celebrate the rebuilding process.
The Moore Fire Department Honor Guard was on hand to open the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Moore Medical Center.
“You don’t realize what a sense of security it is to have a hospital in your city,” Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis said. “Knowing that there is a place to take your loved ones.”
On May 20, 2013, families did not have that sense of security.
“There were so many people who became first responders that day, and to see the faces of people. When I came up, and I saw this hospital gone, there’s no telling what my face looked like,” Lewis said. “I was devastated, and it was literally a few minutes after it happened, and I’m thinking, ‘Oh, no. This is bad. This is going to be really bad for the city because there were so many people hurt and no place to go.”
Now, a new five story beacon is being built.
“One of the things you never forget, of course, is the people. We didn’t know how many people we were looking for that day when we first got out here,” Lewis said. “There wasn’t any paperwork at the school, and there weren’t any houses for people to go to from the school. So we didn’t really know where to start.”
Today, there’s no better place to start than ground zero.