Monday, April 19, 2010

Oklahoma City Bombing, April 19, 1995

Fifteen years ago today the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was devastated by American terrorist Timothy McVeigh.  This memorial was constructed on the site of the bombing which took the lives of 168 people including 19 children at a day nursery in the building.  The time was 9:01 in the morning, the time inscribed at the top of the arch.

14 comments:

Bill S. said... [Reply to comment]

I remember that day as if it were yesterday. What a selfish act that destroyed many lives. Hopefully never again.

Dorn said... [Reply to comment]

We unexpectedly had to switch classrooms that morning and the news was airing the bombing in the temporary classroom. I remember it taking a while to realize this was actually our Oklahoma we were seeing and not some foreign embassy. Very sad day indeed.

Tash said... [Reply to comment]

Such a horrible event. Thank you for the reminder, we must not forget all those innocent lives.

Sharon's Mum Anne said... [Reply to comment]

That's a beautifully simple memorial for a dreadful event. I'm afraid Bill S, with the world as it is, this tragic act is more than likely to be repeated somewhere.

Serge Cornillet said... [Reply to comment]

I don't know about this fact, I'm sorry! Just hope this won't happen again.
Serge

Birdman said... [Reply to comment]

Solemn day for OK and the USA!

helenmac said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you for helping us remember and commemorate all who died here so needlessly.

Sunshine said... [Reply to comment]

I don't know if you've ever been to the memorial just as the sun is beginning to set. The quietness of downtown OKC along with the solemnity of the memorial is truly breathtaking as well as heartbreaking. Garth Brooks' song "The Change certainly is a pognant reminder of what was lost that day.

Sunshine said... [Reply to comment]

Apologies, that should say poignant.

Hilda said... [Reply to comment]

I don't remember reading about this at the time. But what an awful event! I hope that nothing like it ever happens again.

Julie said... [Reply to comment]

It was a very sad day, Bill. I followed the recovery efforts from down here.

I hope that with the passions that are being aroused with the TEA movement, that some person does not get something similar in their poor demented head.

It is hard enough when the attack is external, but unbearable when it is internal.

Snowcatcher said... [Reply to comment]

I've seen many incredibly moving photos of this memorial, and this is another. We had such an anniversary of our own on Tuesday. It's sad that we have to endure tragedies such as this, but hopefully the memorials will help us as a society to put things in proper perspective.

tikno said... [Reply to comment]

A very sad case !

Zhu said... [Reply to comment]

I learned more about the bombing after I came to North America, since I was pretty young (and living in France!) when it happened.

The memorial picture looks amazing... almost a double meaning too with the "reflection".