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.
... of that horrible day. For some reason, I was not as moved by the memorial as I expected to be. Perhaps there's just too much to see that the overall impression is of a disjointed, somewhat unrelated jumble of symbols and memorabilia. But it is definitely something you must see if you're in OKC.
I wasnt very old when it happened, but recall the events, Im from Texas and recently moved here, i cried so hard seeing the memorial, it was a good cry, something everyone should expirence, wonderful, and relaxing...a great place for closure, go through the tour, then come back later to see the memorial all lit up, and tell me that doesnt bring tears to your eyes whether you remember it or not....
The memorial is beautiful. If possible, i recommend seeing in daylight and at night. It's just amazing at night. Parking is easy. Visit inside for better understanding of it all. But be prepared to do a lot of reading. Do not miss if in OKC!
If you travel to Oklamoma City you must visit the National Memorial. This place will bring tears to your eyes. The people of Oklamoma City have done a wonderful job on this memorial. God Bless these people and the children who lost their life for this memorial.
It was a very moving experience. An excellent memorial. Christmas time might not be the best time to visit because it is a very sobering place. I would recommend that everyone visit if they have a chance.
This was one of our scheduled stops on our weekend trip to OK. This memorial was beautiful and the feeling you get while you are there is indescribable. I took some fantastic photos, and enjoyed this stop extremely.
It was hard to find but we finally found it after stopping at a gas station for directions. It was like 13 degress or something insane but it was great. The memorial is peaceful. We talked to one of the federal guards for a while about it. He told us some amazing and sad stories. The little chairs represent the children that were killed.
This memorial is just breath taking. I don't think that I've ever seen anything quite like this. We are so happy that we took a side trip to go see this. We plan to return some day to tour the museum (it was just closing when we arrived).
It was a moving experience. The tranquil and serenity of it all is something in itself. I am so glad I got to share in this beautiful memorial. I will never forget seeing it and my favorite part was seeing the fence still lined in memorials from all over. My only regret is I didn't think to take anything from my area to put on the fence to represent my area. It was such a tragic event and I just felt I was drawn to go to the memorial. I wish I had gone sooner. God Bless Oklahoma and all the families and friends that were affected by this horrific tragedy.
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.
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