We swung through Oklahoma City to visit the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. Seth and I were in 5th grade when it happened, but we both remembered hearing about it and being horrified by it.
We arrived several minutes after they stopped selling tickets to the museum (which we’ve heard is impressive), so we walked around outside through the outdoor memorial. It is something to see.
Below: tile art created and donated to the memorial by local elementary schoolers. Seeing tragedy through their art is heart-breaking.
Below: The East Gate: 9:01 am was the time right before the bomb went off–symbolizing Oklahoma City’s innocence before the attack.
Below: The West Gate: 9:03 am — the time immediately after the attack, the moment Oklahoma City changed forever.
Below:The Field of Empty Chairs–each chair represents one of the 168 victims of the bombing. The tall chairs represent the adults; the small chairs represent the children.
Below: A relief worker wrote this on the building next door which now overlooks the memorial.
Below: The Survivor Tree–this tree’s thick bark helped it survive the bombing, and now it stands today to remember the survivors of the bombing.