Oklahoma National Guard releases e-book and video documentary on May 20 tornado

Friday, October 11, 2013

by Oklahoma National Guard

Oklahoma National Guard

The Oklahoma National Guard’s Office of Public Affairs will release an e-book and companion video documentary today detailing the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guards’ involvement in the search, rescue, recovery and security efforts in Moore, Okla., following the May 20 tornado. Both products are titled “The Day of Days” and are available for free at www.oklahomafrontline.com/dayofdays

The e-book and video feature first-hand accounts of the actions taken on May 20, and over the course of the weeks that followed, by first responders, state and city officials, Oklahoma Guardsmen, and dozens of other groups.

Interviews include comments from Mary Fallin, governor of Oklahoma; Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, the adjutant general for Oklahoma; Glenn Lewis, mayor of Moore; Chief Jerry Stillings, Moore Police Department; and, dozens of other Guardsmen, volunteers and first responders.

The video, which runs more than 23 minutes, begins with a detailed explanation of the weather activities leading up to the tornado touching down in Moore and South Oklahoma City and moves into the response and search for survivors using every available asset to include Oklahoma Air National Guard thermal imaging equipment.

The e-book contains more than 80 photos spread out across 101 pages and ten original stories detailing the personal stories of victims, Guardsmen and first responders alike. Many of the photos have never been seen by the general public before.

“The tragedy of May 20 brought Oklahomans and the nation together to help a community in need. The “Day of Days” project is a tribute to all those who gave so much to help the victims of the tornado and their families,” said Deering.

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