“People went out of their way to share everything they had to make it comfortable for the rescue workers, the firefighters, anyone who was there to help. This became known as the Oklahoma Standard.”
Out of Tragedy, Courage
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 banded together in a community-wide display of spontaneous altruism. Cars became ambulances. Strangers became neighbors. People literally donated the shoes off their feet.
That spirit of generosity – of giving until there’s no more to give – has been part of the city’s DNA ever since it was founded. Visiting rescue workers and journalists called it the “Oklahoma Standard.”
In this 20th Anniversary year, join us in recommitting to the Oklahoma Standard.
Commit to the Oklahoma Standard
In the month of April 2015, we ask that you commit one act of service, honor, and kindness.
- Service means giving your time to someone in need. This could mean volunteering at a soup kitchen, or tutoring a student.
- Honor the victims and survivors of the 1995 bombing, by visiting the Memorial Museum, cheering at the Memorial Marathon or leaving a token of appreciation on a chair in the Memorial.
- Kindness involves everything from holding a door for a stranger to cleaning up your neighbor’s leaves.