"We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity."
I cannot find the words to adequately describe my recent visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. It had such an impact on me that I wanted to share it here. If you ever find yourself in Oklahoma City, you must visit this place....A Memorial Most Honorable!
"The first fence was installed to protect the site of the Murrah Building. Almost immediately, people began to leave tokens of love and hope on the fence. Those items now total more than 60,000 and are collected and preserved in our archives. The Fence was moved to its current site by family members, survivors and rescue workers at the time of the ground breaking for the Memorial. Today, more than 200 feet of the original Fence gives people the opportunity to leave tokens of remembrance and hope."
"The pool occupies what was once N.W. Fifth Street. Here, a shallow depth of gently flowing water is intended to help soothe wounds, with calming sounds providing a peaceful setting for quiet thoughts."
FIELD OF EMPTY CHAIRS
"These 168 chairs stand as a poignant reminder of each life lost, symbolizing the absence felt by family members and friends. The chairs are placed in nine rows, representing the nine floors of the building. The chairs are placed according to the floor on which those killed worked or were visiting. The symbolic chairs are designed in two sizes, the smaller size representing the absence of 19 children. Each chair is crafted of bronze and stone; its glass base is etched with the name of a victim. By day, the chairs seem to float above their translucent bases. By night, the glass bases illuminate as beacons of hope. The field's perimeter matches the footprint of the former Murrah Building. It is lined by a graphite path-granite that was salvaged from the Murrah Plaza."