"OKC Bombing Memorial" OKC National Memorial and Museum Tip by Edgeon


A heart-wrenching and deeply symbolic memorial that (ironically and sadly) brings more tourists to OKC than the other attractions. The grounds take some explaining, but when one realizes what each thing means, it becomes clear and beautiful. Two large walls stand at either end, one with a minute before the explosion inscribed in it, the other with the minute after, symbolizing a frozen minute between the two, a time that should never existed and is now replaced with verdant gardens and scenic walkways. It has 132 stone chairs on a lawn, each symbolizing a person who died that day, the smaller ones representing the children. They are lit from beneath and seem to float when seen at night. Other symbolic icons can be found around the memorial, from the 'Survival Tree,' the one tree to survive the explosion despite the fact that it was imbedded with debris, a statue of Jesus turned away from the site and weeping and the orten-photographed memorial fence, which once surrounded the remains of the Murrah Building and had been adorned with cards, stuffed animals and flowers. The site is worth going to for reflection.

Address: 620 N. Harvey
Directions: Downtown
Phone: 405.235.3313 or 888.542.HOPE
Website: http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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