Saturday, November 14, 2009

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial

One of the aspects that should be a must-see in Oklahoma City is the tribute remembering the bombing attack that occurred on April 19th, 1995. Its very thoughtfully laid out, each aspect of the memorial is very symbolic, intentional and significant. Its recognized as a national moment and is staffed with park rangers.
We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.
A gate of 'time' symbolizing the innocence of the city just prior to the attack.
Gate of 'time' at the opposite end of the reflection pool symbolizing the bombing.
The 'Survivor Tree' has become a strong symbol for Oklahoma City and is the logo for the memorial marathon.
Much of the tree is still burned though still appears to be hearty and produces leaves.
Part of the original building remaining after the bombing.
These chairs were a very powerful statement representing each of the lives lost in the bombing. The smaller of the chairs represented the children who perished. They were organized in distinct groupings indicating which floor the victims were on. In the evenings lighting radiates from their Lucite bases highlighting the etched names.
Children are encouraged to express their emotions as an outlet for healing with chalk and chalkboards.
In response to the devastation, children from all over sent tiles to Oklahoma City expressing support and love.
I feel so lucky to be able to travel around the country and see the most interesting places and people and do feel it is important to pay respect towards these occurrences. It definitely makes me appreciative of everything tangible and symbolic thing I have, where I live and who I am lucky enough to have in my life.

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