This morning started out late so it was almost 1100 before Ross & Marge left the motorhome and headed back into Downtown Oklahoma City to visit the Memorial and Museum which honor the memories of the 168 adults and children that were inside the building and died plus the five who were not in the building and were killed in the terrorist explosion at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. There is no way this writer will be able to convey the emotions that were stirred during this visit.
The third floor of the museum contains photos of all those that lost their lives and an hour by hour description of the events of that day beginning at two minutes after nine o'clock on the morning of April 19, 1995. There written stories of the events along with real time videos of the events and interviews with many of the survivors, rescuers, spectators, etc. The anguish is palpable as you view those parents whose children were attending the childcare center that was located on the second floor of the building.
After about two hours of touring the exhibits, reading the stories, and viewing the videos Ross and Marge moved to the second floor where that portion of the museum is being renovated and upgraded. This portion of the museum is primarily devoted to the investigation, arrest, and trial of the savages that pulled off this disgusting and cowardly terrorist act.
The memorial is located outside of the museum. There are two walls one located at each end of where the street was located prior to the explosion. One wall has 9:01 and the other wall has 9:03 engraved above a large opening on each wall. In between the walls is a very shallow Reflecting Pool. The space between the walls and the Reflecting Pool represent the minute before and the minute after the explosion and the Reflecting Pool represents the total destruction that occurred within that two minute time period. Adjacent to the Reflecting Pool is a Field Of Empty Chairs with one chair for each of the 168 deaths of those inside the building and the five who were not building when the explosion occurred and died as a result. The chairs are arranged in sections with each section representing one of the nine floors of the building and there is a chair in each section for each person that died on that floor and each chair has a name engraved in the base. The children that died are represents by chairs that are smaller than the chairs representing each adult. The five adults that were outside the building are represent by five chairs that are located in a section that is slightly removed from those sections that represent the nine floors of the building. The entire Field Of Empty Chairs is encircled by pine trees that are planted around what was previously the perimeter of the Murrah Building.
This report is the writers admittedly poor effort at conveying the emotion experienced during the tour of the Museum and Memorial and this is why it is being recommended that anyone within a thousand miles of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma should stop in and view what is in my opinion a visit that should be on everyone's bucket list.
That is all for now,
Ross & Marge