In a serene park in the middle of Oklahoma City, there sits 168 empty chairs.
The chairs face a reflecting pool between to large walls, one wall says 9:01 the other 9:03.
It’s all very simple but the impact is enormous. At the base of each chair is the name of one of the victims of The Oklahoma City Bombing,
If you close your eyes you can almost imagine them sitting as people pass by hoping that what visitors see and experience will somehow help to heal any anger they have in their hearts making the world a more peaceful place.
This memorial is all about healing. 9:01 signifies the innocence of the city before the bomb went off, and 9:03 signifies the time that the healing began.
An enormous oak tree, named The Survivors Tree provides shade and a place to reflect for visitors, This tree was once called an eyesore, but with love is now beautiful and purposeful.
If you visit, take time to go into the museum, where you not only hear the story of the tragic events of April 19, 1995, but you also hear about how the world came together to try to help the survivors, the victims families and the city. We were a world at its best and worst following the tragedy. The stories you hear will change your life.
We had less then 24 hours to see as much of Oklahoma City as possible and while we only scratched the surface of this town, we did take in a few sights.
The State Capitol.
Historical Automobile Alley
A few innings of baseball from out room at the Bricktown Hampton Inn
The Oklahoma City / Bricktown Riverwalk.
It looks remarkably like the San Antonio riverwalk.
(Is this where the old San Antonio River barges went?)
In our challenge to spend at least one night in all 50 states, Oklahoma surprised me the most.
“We know we belong to the land..and the the land we belong to is grand!”