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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Oklahoma City Memorial–Remembering

 

Two different RV friends, Marcia & Paul and Susan & Bob had seen

the Memorial at dark, and highly recommended it. . .

so that is what we did last night. . .

Oklahoma City National Memorial

I really didn’t plan to be so moved by this Memorial. . .

to find the experience so gripping and emotional was totally unexpected. . .

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These Individual Memorials in this Field of Empty Chairs

are planted on the exact footprint of the building. . .

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There were nine floors in the building. . .

there are nine rows of chairs. . .

Each person’s chair is in the row of the floor they were on. . .

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The Children’s Daycare must have been on the 2nd floor

because most of the small chairs are in the 2nd row. . .

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a piece of original wall stands in one corner of the

Field of Empty Chairs

Oklahoma City National Memorial

You know I rarely go into a lot of detail.. .

but this may be one of those occasions that I tell more than you ever wanted to

 

 

It was so important for me to understand the footprint

(maybe because I learn so visually)

starting on the left side of the drawings

the Murrah Plaza remains pretty much the same as it was in 1995 

 

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the Field of Empty Chairs is the actual footprint of the building. . .

the granite walkways around the Field of Empty Chairs

were designed of granite taken from the rubble. . .

the Reflecting Pool was 5th Ave before the bombing. . .

the Survivor Tree actually stood in a parking lot

across the street from the building

and the Rescuers Orchard and Children’s Area

were Businesses and a Loading Dock

 

 

These are the Gates of Time. . .

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9:01                                     and                                  9:03

Oklahoma City National Memorial

standing at either end of the reflecting pool

spanning a moment of time at 9:02 AM on April 19, 1995 when life changed forever. . .

Oklahoma City National Memorial

and as I sat there looking at the reflection of “The Field of Empty Chairs”

I once again realized how precious this life is. . .

one morning, 168 families got up, got dressed,

had their normal routines, expecting everything to be the same as always,

and in the blink of an eye. . .at 9:02 AM their lives were stolen from them. . .

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but just as this American Elm survived the ravages of that day,

and became known as the Survivor Tree. . .

we too must be survivors, but always remember. . .never forget!

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but there’s one more thing I must share. . .

after arriving home last night, I began reading the brochure we had picked up

and discovered that in the children’s area there are hand painted ceramic tiles,

painted by children around the country, and made into a special memorial wall

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in the courtyard slate has been installed in with the marble slabs,

and children who are visiting can leave messages using the sidewalk chalk provided

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I’m so glad we went back to see this fabulous tribute. . .

I almost didn’t make it without completely breaking down. . .

tell me if you agree. . .

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really tugs the heart strings, doesn’t it?

 

The Memorial