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 & Museum
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.
As an American it seems like a duty to visit when in OKC. It was an incredibly moving experience. The good people of OKC and OK live with, and feel, this tragedy everyday. You can't help but hurt for your fellow Americans...the past and the survivors.
I decided to see the memorial when I finished with business I had out there and I'm so glad I did. Once you have visited this memorial, you will remember it for the rest of your life. It's so beautifully done and I think the most touching area was the 7 rows of chairs, each row representing what floor that person was on. Having their names on the chairs and the smaller chairs representing children, really grabs you. The reflecting pool with the water looking like glass is breathtaking. If you are ever heading out towards Oklahoma City, please take a few moments out of your day and stop by. You'll be glad you did.
Nothing can really be said about that day that hasn't already been said I suppose. I live 10 streets north in the same block of the explosion. My husband and I were home and our house shook. All the upstairs windows on the south side of the house cracked. This is an Historic neighborhood and the house are 80 years old and older and the glass is thin in the windows. Our church was almost destroyed as well. Everyone has a story and I will not go into our, but I will say we lost a dear friend Jo Ann Whittenberg. The Memorial is a perfect place. Hans and Torrey Butzer who go to my church and live in my neighborhood, designed the Memorial. I think they must have been touched by the Lord when doing so as the feeling you get as you walk on to the grounds is absolutely sacred. The Memorial is busy no matter what time you go day or night. The Park Rangers are so very nice and love to help you. Please take the time to go, you will never regret it.
The memorial and museum was a wonderful tribute to those who died, were injured and helped with the rescue efforts. I hadn't ever seen anything like this and even thou I cried thru the memorial and museum when I went thru during the day, I had to go back at night to see the seats lit. Every exibit had a reason and a meaning. I felt that I knew the ones that died personally, by the time I had been thru the museum. Seeing the childrens pictures (and chairs at the memorial) was the hardest. It was fabulous and I would advise everyone to go see this memorial...and take your tissue with you. This is part of America's history.
we took all our out of stste visitors thru the memorial
By A Yahoo Contributor, 7/28/06
This was one of the best planned memorials I've been to. We moved from Montana and lived in Moore,Ok. for 4 years. Our first visit brought reality to this tradgedy. Everything was so well planned and thought out. I left with so many feelings- anger, frustration, hurt devestation, broken hearted, and terrific feeling of loss for each family and our nation.
Four other times I escorted our friends and family through and experienced the same above feelings.
This is a must for young and old alike. We as a nation are all part of each tradgedy whether we live beside it or 1500 miles away.
From the moment I walked in I felt this calm about me it's was beautiful I am so thrilled at what a wonderful place the memorial has turned out to be and how people treat it with so much respect. I went 3 days ago and still am thinking about it I hope it affects all like me. Visit both day and night it is am extremly different both times.
After 9/11 and the passage of time it is easy to forget about the OKC bombing, but this memorial brings back a flood of emotions. I suggest visiting on an early weekday morning, as I did. It was an intensely moving experience. The memorial itself is a wonderful, beautiful tribute to those who died, as well a reminder of the death of innocence, that the rest of us feel to this day.
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