April 18, 2022

Temperature 64 Degrees, Windy, Scattered Clouds

An April Morning in Oklahoma City 27 Years Ago

Today was our first sightseeing trip. This Memorial and Museum has been on our bucket list for some time. The Museum in graphic pictures tells the story of that horrific day. The destruction. The heroism. The stories of survivors. This is definitely one of the best museums we’ve toured in our four years. It is well laid out and extremely informative. One blog can never really do it justice. There is just so much to see, to take in, to ponder and reflect about. If you have never been here I encourage you to put it on your bucket list.

Now, let me share with you a bit of what we discovered.

19 children died in the 2nd floor Day Care Center. 6 were rescued. A total of 219 children lost a parent that day.

One of the displays features a tape recording that was being made of an application hearing in a building across the street from the Federal Building. The hearing began at 9 am. You know it is coming, the explosion that is. But when it happens, let me just say it was deafening and shocking. I can only imagine the horror of those that day that witnessed it first hand.

There is really so much more but we’ll call it here. There is a whole display dedicated to the collection of evidence and the building of the case against Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Another display details their trial and then their sentencing. Then there is the Memorial which is outside. We’ll cover that tomorrow night.

It was a very somber and sobering day. Also frightening when you stop to consider that it could possibly happen again today. We went away with a new appreciation for life itself and with a new resolve to never take even a minute we are given to live for granted.

Thanks again for stopping by today  It’s always great to be able to share our story with others. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish each day that God gives you and live it to the fullest.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before


  1. I did not realize there was a museum there dedicated to the events of that terrible day. I know of the empty chairs memorial, but I didn’t realize there was a museum. This will be on our bucket list now. I’m afraid we have become numb to violence, even to massive violence. We need to remember and to be aware. Thank you for this post.


  2. What a sad day that was. These museums need to be there to remind us all what happened and how it happened. Thanks for this reminder.


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