April 19, 2022

Temperature 63 Degrees, Sunny, Windy

An April Morning in Oklahoma City 27 Years Ago

We’re going back to the site of the Oklahoma bombing 25 years ago today. We’ll finish up our visit there with a tour of the outdoor Memorial and other exhibits around the museum.

The Survivor Tree. This is a near century old American Elm that stands as a symbol of strength and resilience.

This field of empty chairs is located where the Federal Building once stood. The chairs are arranged in nine rows reflecting the floor on which someone was killed. Each chair is etched with the name of a person killed. There are also 19 smaller chairs for each of the children killed. At night the chairs light up as individual beacons of light.

The reflecting pool is the site of what was once Fifth Avenue which ran in front of the Federal building. There is a gate at either end of the pool. One is visible above.

This is the other gate. They are called the Gates of Time. On one is etched the time 9:01 representing we learned the innocence before the attack. The other gate has the time of 9:03 which we also learned marks the moment when healing began.

And I’ll conclude with this.

We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have had the time to visit the Museum and Memorial. It left both of us with a lot to think about. Even today, a day later, so many thoughts about that day are still swirling around in my mind. Again, let me encourage you if you have not had the opportunity to visit both do take some time in the future to do so.

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


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