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What Happened? by John Kahre

 This was the question that we all were asking as we watched the monitors in the Tulsa Community College hallway.  Unbelievably, the answer was as dramatic as the events on the screen.  ”Oklahoma City had been bombed!”

Almost everyone in the state of Oklahoma had been affected in some way by this horrific act. Almost everyone wanted to do something to express their grief.  And almost everyone was looking for a symbol of hope. That symbol was provided by an American Elm.  Most arborists would have considered the American Elm another victim of this explosion, but people began putting condolences at the base of the tree and in the deep furrows of the tree’s bark.  Soon this “Survivor Tree” became the symbol of hope and strength that was needed to help Oklahoma City and this State to get through this horrible event...

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