We went to Oklahoma City the first weekend in May for a family wedding. While there, we went to see the OKC National Memorial and I’m glad we did. We toured the grounds and the museum. Sadly, I missed a lot of what was in the museum because Mallory is at a stage where she likes to SCREAM and when you ask her, then tell her to SHHH!!!! or be quiet, she screams louder and then laughs and then screams again. At home I ignore this kind of behavior, but in a public and also solemn place, you can’t do that. So, I had to hurry through most of the museum so as not to ruin the rest of the visitors’ experience there.
For some reason, I don’t remember where I was when the OKC tragedy happened, like I do with 9/11, Columbine or when Princess Diana was killed. I was a freshman in college. I didn’t realize until now what a huge thing it was to happpen. So sad, especially all of the children that died for no reason. Here are a few pictures from our trip:
The reflecting pool in the foreground sits where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building once stood. The *gate* in the background is one of the monumental twin Gates of Time. The east gate represents 9:01 AM and it marks the innocence of the city before the attack. The attack occurred at 9:02 AM, April 19, 1995. The west gate, pictured above, represents 9:03 AM, the moment after the attack when we were all changed forever.
And Jesus Wept – John 11:35
The shortest verse in the bible is inscribed at the foot of a statue on a street corner adjacent to the Memorial. The statue was erected by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. St. Joseph’s was almost completely destroyed by the blast. The statue is not part of the memorial itself but is popular with visitors nonetheless.
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My parents, sister and brother-in-law flew in town for the family wedding. Then, we drove the 3 hours in two cars to OKC for the festivities. It was great being able to spend some time with our immediate and extended family. Mallory had a great time at the wedding reception; even the band loved her dancing. She didn’t get to watch the wedding ceremony though. She was making too much noise (she clapped and said “yay!” after the priest asked everyone to be seated). And since we can’t figure out how to get her to be quiet when she needs to be, we decided to take her out before she disrupted the ceremony any more.