"VISIT THE OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL" OKC National Memorial and Museum Tip by DennyP
OKC National Memorial and Museum, Oklahoma City: 47 reviews and 111 photos
Located between Robinson And Harvey Avenues and 4th and 6th Streets is the Oklahoma City Memorial dedicated to the many 168 innocent victims of the Federal Building bombing on April 19th 1995.There is inscriptions on the large walls at the entrance ..one reads " MAY ALL THAT LEAVE HERE KNOW THE IMPACT OF VIOLENCE"..
The entrance brings you to a lovely reflecting pool with a large wall structure at each end that displays a digital time readout of the time the explosion took place. The one end reads 9.01 (before) and the other end reads 9.03 (after) in the middle of the reflecting pool is 9.02 the time of the devistating explosion that destroyed the very building on which site this memorial stands today..One side of the reflecting pool is a grassed area that is bordered by trees and is the actual area where the original building stood.for here is where stands 168 bronze chairs..one for each of the victims.. the smaller of the chairs denote the many children that were innocent victims here..
At dusk the chairs light up and take on a warm glow and to walk through this grassed area of these many chairs one is really taken by the amount of chairs especially the small ones.
At dusk there is also a naration of the days events and the bombing by a "Ranger" of the National Park Service by the reflecting pool. To the other side of the reflecting pool is the "Survivor Tree" a large American Elm tree that dates back to 1927..This tree still stands against all odds and still contains many pieces of shrapnel from the bomb blast..
RANGERS ARE ON SITE 9.00AM --5,30 PM.
ADMISSION IS FREE
OUTDOOR MEMORIAL OPEN 24 HOURS DAILY.
Address: 620 N. Harvey
Phone: 405.235.3313 or 888.542.HOPE
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