April 19, 1995 was one of the darkest days in Oklahoma City's history. On that day Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was ... More
Oklahoma City National Memorial
April 19, 1995 was one of the darkest days in Oklahoma City's history. On that day Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed. When you visit this memorial, you will see 168 empty chairs; one for each person killed. The most moving thing to see, however, is the part of the fence that has been left over from the makeshift memorial that stood here for five years. On it, you will see letters, photos, flowers and more left by survivors and visitors. Notice the Survivor Tree, it has become a symbol of hope to the people of Oklahoma City. Admission to the outside memorial is free, but the museum charges a fee.
Each visit is now becoming different than the last, I learn new things with each visit and get a different perspective of the days following the bombing and the day of. I still have not gone to the museum yet but is planning in the new and closer future. This time I met a Fire Fighter who walked in the OKC memorial marathon for the people that lost their lives, I asked him if he had been there that day and his response was no I was only in the 8th grade. I recommend this site to others even if you did not lose anyone that day, you need to go and pay your respect for those that died that day.
I just went to Oklahoma City today and went to memorial for the first time. When I was a teenager, I just happened to be in Oklahoma City on a school trip the day this occured. The memorial is very moving, although I did not dare try to go through the museum because by the time I made it to the Survivor Tree, I was too emotional to continue. Guides were around the park, and were very helpful and were able to answer every question I asked them. If you do not like to do sad things, avoid this, however, this is a place I believe every citizen of Oklahoma, AND the United States should see because it is a stark example of the power of violence, and the greater powers of hope, unity, and love.
The reason the museum charges a small fee is so the museum can continue to operate. Bills have to be paid, even for a memorial, and the outdoor memorial park with the chairs is free to everyone, but the money from the museum is also used on keeping up the outdoor memorial. It is not like this is a secret, there are several signs outside, and I would assume in, that very clearly explain WHY the museum charges 10 dollars for adults (children and seniors are 6 or 7 I believe)
I am only 12, and I have been to this memorial many times. It is amazing. Very touching and moving. And while you are there, visit the museum. It is so very moving. It was amazing. I'm definitely going back.
This experience may be too intense for children, but every adult should go throught the museum and visit the memorial. The memorial itself is fine for children.
This is an amazing and life changing experience. Very moving and a reminder of what we are still facing today.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial is tastefully done and is a touching and meaningful reminder of those who lost their lives in the tragedy. I would highly recommend visiting the memorial if you are going to OKC.
Very touching and humbling experience. I don't remember very much about the day of the bombing, but the feeling of loss and the courage of the families and all who assisted in the search and rescue workers are present.
I recommend researching the symbolisms of the Memorial before you go, so that you can understand the intent.
This is a must see for all as a reminder of the impact of terrorism.
The city did a great job on this memorial. Very respectable and well done. Did not go to the inside museum. The items left at the memorial by family and friends in rememberance of their lost loved ones took it over the top for me. I had seen these things on tv before but in person, it really left a mark.
Prepare for a kartharsis and if you have a soul, to shed tears of frustration, outrage, sorrow and even joy to the resiliency of the human will.
Please go see this memorial but don't bring children under 5. It's too much for them. Yes, I am a parent of two children. Then, return again at night to see the memorial illuminated.
Reflect, respect and use this experience to renew your efforts to live a good purposeful life.
Get ready with the tissues. As a Mom, and a person who absolutely LOVES Oklahoma, it seemed like I was in tears the entire time. I spent hours just browsing and reflecting on what was being said, what was being shown to me, how others felt. This was an amazing self guided tour. Don't miss it, you'll be captivated.
I wasn't really wanting to go in to the museum - but am so glad I was talked in to it. It was an interactive museum and grabs your heart. Makes you realize how precious a second can be - how precious life is. Outside was so quiet - all the people and no one hardly spoke above a whisper. Very advisable to go.
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