A muddied American flag rested atop the metal pole that stood defiantly at the corner.
Its peaceful position contradicted perfectly the catastrophic winds that only two days earlier had ripped through town, leaving this block utterly unidentifiable, one of many that have been reduced to rubble.
But the still of that flag, which had replaced a street sign that is now God knows where, symbolized the strength, courage and determination of a community.
And on a warm Wednesday afternoon, the second day of rebuilding, the people within this Westmoor subdivision of Moore welcomed a much-needed symbol of hope.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.
One day after donating his money, Durant traveled back to Oklahoma to give his time.
He did anything and everything he could to bring a smile to as many faces as possible. He shook hands and gave hugs. He posed for pictures and signed autographs.
Not once did Durant turn down a request, graciously scribbling his signature on anything he was handed. A pair of shoes. A hat. A Thunder mug. A team program.
“I just feel for these families, man,” Durant said. “They don't have a home. All their things are gone. I'm just lost for words, to be honest.”
As he strolled the streets of Moore with his brother, Tony, and close friends Cliff Dixon and Randy Williams, Durant repeated the word “unbelievable.”
Roofs were caved in. Garages were gone. Cars were totaled. There was an unforgettable image of a pair of jeans still hanging in a closet of one home that had lost all its walls and had become completely exposed.
“It doesn't seem real,” Durant said. “It looked like a bomb hit.”
For roughly one hour, Durant helped take these residents' minds off the destruction as he toured their neighborhood.
Two houses down from that symbolic flag lived a man Durant had met many times. He is a police officer. He works Thunder games inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Master Sgt. Tim Kraeger's manicured lawn was now buried under a pile of debris. A vehicle of some kind was flipped over on top of what used to be his roof. His house number “204” used to sit atop his garage door. Now it's close to touching the driveway.
“Awesome. Just totally awesome,” Kraeger said of Durant stopping by. “I just wish my son would have been here. He would have been in heaven because he's a big basketball player.”
Kraeger also lost a home in the May 3 disaster. This time, he was only months away from retiring with his longtime friend and police partner, Kendall Satterwhite.
“You can get mad or you can deal with it and move on,” Kraeger said. “Deal with it and move on. It's not the end of the world.”
He was just happy his wife, Carolyn, her mother and his son, all of whom were inside the home, were OK.
“They're safe,” he said. “They're alive.”
That had become the day's theme.