Oklahoma City Memorial: A Place to Remember

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In Oklahoma, I had the chance to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. This memorial is at the site where the Alfred P. Murrah federal building once stood.

In Oklahoma, I had the chance to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. This memorial is at the site where the Alfred P. Murrah federal building once stood. It was made to honor the people who had died in the bombing that had happened there. There are 168 empty chairs; one for every person who died. There are also 9 rows for the 9 floors in the building. Depending on which floor each person worked on or was visiting was the placement of his or her chair. There were kids in the building because there was a daycare center, and the children that had died were built smaller chairs.

 

At 9:02, the bombing had happened. One day, Timothy McVeigh, a terrorist,came to the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in a truck with delivery supplies in it. A short time later a package in the truck, which was really a bomb,exploded, killing 168 people. The bomb caused so much destruction that the ground had to be lowered 11 feet for the memorial to be built! A few buildings had to be torn down because the bomb had damaged them so badly. Specifically, there were 16. The field of empty chairs are where the building once stood. There was a surviving tree and it is now called The Survivor Tree. It was protected because it was surrounded with concrete from a parking lot, so it didn't get blown up. It is very old.

 

This following thing was written by a rescue worker after the bombing: Team 5 4-19-95 We search for the truth. We seek justice. The courts require it. The victims cry for it. And God demands it! After the bombing, many children sent gifts of encouraging messages of hope. The children were a big part of people getting over the deaths of their loved ones. Children helped the whole experience. They showed leadership in their actions by being friendly and supportive. To be a leader like they were is to truly try to help and to encourage others in their life. Being a leader is choosing the right.