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June 6, 2013

Oklahoma unbroken in wake of tragedy

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NORMAN —

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce will soon begin hiring for up to 1,000 new temporary positions to aid in cleanup and recovery work paid for through a federal grant.  

And, of course, organizations like the Red Cross, the United Way and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma continue to supplement the efforts of the state, offering help and support to those affected by the May tornadoes. 

As a result, cities and towns like Moore, Oklahoma City, El Reno, Union City, Shawnee, Bethel Acres, Carney, Newcastle, Little Axe and other affected areas will once again be open for business.

For many Oklahomans, this comes as no surprise. We have faced our share of challenges, even tragedies. We recover and rebuild, and we grow stronger.

But for millions of people around the world, watching on T.V. and seeing the remarkable strength and resilience of our people for perhaps the first time, the Oklahoma Spirit was nothing short of miraculous.

That is and should be a source of pride for every Oklahoman. Because even in the face of a devastating natural disaster, there was never really any question as to how the people of this great state would respond.

We will unite, we will heal together and we will rebuild. We will do all of these things because we are, and always will be, Oklahoma Strong.

Mary Fallin serves as governor of Oklahoma.

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