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Oklahoma City National Memorial

This tribute page is placed here without editorial comment regarding the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 or any matter related to it. It is here as information only for anyone interested in knowing about the memorial itself. A plaque has been added at the Oklahoma City memorial stating that Timothy McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001. McVeigh was put to death by lethal injection at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was pronounced dead at 8:14 am ET. He issued a written statement but did not speak any final words from the death chamber.

Acknowledgement: Photos were provided by Peggy Greene. Information about the memorial and the brochure were provided by Linda Flowers
, and scanning of the brochure was provided by Linda Flowers and Adam Flowers.

(Added February 9, 2001 after receiving email from a new friend) "Shortly after the bombing, my brother-in-law started a non-profit organization to help the kids injured in the blast and those who lost parents cope with the event. Kids, We Care,Inc.
organization. Just thought you might like to see some of the good that has come out of that horrible day. Until recently, I worked at Globe Color Press, just two blocks away from the Memorial. I printed that brochure you have displayed on your site. John Northcutt"

These are photos of the newly opened Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building National Memorial in Oklahoma City. The building was destroyed by a bomb on April 19, 1995 (my mother's birthday). The memorial sits on the location where the Murrah building was at the time of the bombing. Sidewalks are constructed of granite stone from the building. Each of the glowing chairs in the Field of Empty Chairs bears the name of one of the persons killed in the bombing. They are arranged in nine rows, representing the nine floors, and each chair is arranged according to the floor where the victim worked or was visiting at the time of the explosion. Five chairs sit alone at the West end for the people killed outside the building. No two chairs are exactly alike to show that each person was an individual. A large patio, The Alfred P. Murrah Plaza and Memorial Overlook, behind the chairs was used as an area to eat lunch or visit and also contained the playground for the daycare center. It now bears the shield of each of the agencies formerly housed in the building.

A portion of the fence used to keep people out during rescue and eventual implosion still stands on the West side and still contains personal memorabilia placed there by or on behalf of mourners from all over the world. The street that ran in front of the building is now a Reflecting Pool. At the East and West entrances to the memorial stand two Gates of Time. The East entrance is a portal bearing the time 9:01, one minute before the explosion, then the Reflecting Pool, then a portal on the West bearing the time 9:03. The building across the Reflecting Pool from the Field of Empty Chairs was a newspaper building, The Journal Record, and will serve as a museum after it is refurbished. A lone tree, called The Survivor Tree, stood in front of the building and withstood the blast. It is thriving again, now surrounded by the Rescuer's Orchard (fruit bearing and flowering trees). Churches nearby were almost destroyed but have been repaired and offer a place for prayer for visitors.

Here are a few additional comments and links to the photos themselves. The titles to the pictures pretty much describe what each picture is:

1) "Facing east at sunrise"is standing at the 9:03 gate, looking toward the East at sunrise and shows the survivor tree on the left, the Field of Empty Chairs on the right, the 9:01 gate, and in the background on the left, the tall white building is the YMCA where there was another day care center (several injuries but no fatalities), and on the right is the Methodist church that suffered heavy damage.

2) "From 250 feet above" shows the Reflecting Pool, the two Gates of Time and the chairs on the right.

3) "Thunderstorm looking Southeast" just shows the chairs at night with lightning. This is taken from the North side looking South.

4)"Thunderstorm looking West" is taken from the Southeast corner of the Memorial looking to the Northwest. To the right is the Journal Record building which has become the Museum and was opened to the public on February 19, 2001, and straight back is the Regency Tower Apartments which were also heavily damaged.

5) "Glowing" is a picture of the Field of Empty Chairs taken almost in the middle of the chairs. Again, the Journal Record building (now the Museum) is to the left, and the tall white building in the back is the YMCA.

6) "Jesus at sunset" is taken on the West end outside the Memorial. This statute is at the Catholic Church across the street from the entrance at the West end. The Gate of Time in the photo is the 9:03 one.

Here is a copy of the brochure which is available at the memorial. It was scanned in four parts.

"Memorial Brochure Part 1"
"Memorial Brochure Part 2"
"Memorial Brochure Part 3"
"Memorial Brochure Part 4"

Additional photos of the bombing and the aftermath recently added.

"Photo of the Murrah Federal Building before the bombing"
"Photo of the destruction inside the Journal Record Building after the bombing"
"Photo of the Murrah Federal Building after the bombing"
"Photo of the emergency operations after the bombing"

Feel free to share these and this information with anyone.

Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum

The Oklahoma City National Memorial Center was opened to the public by President George W. Bush on Monday, February 19, 2001. It is housed in the west end of the former Journal Record Building which sustained severe damage by the bomb. There were also fatalities in the building. The building has been restored and serves as an interactive learning museum.

The building was built in 1923 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The whole national memorial site is a must see for everyone. I highly recommend everyone make an effort to visit Oklahoma City and see this Memorial and visit the museum. It is an intense experience, one which will bring tears to the eyes of even the strongest person. The Memorial is especially breathtaking at night; however, the museum is not open after 6:00 P.M.

"Museum Brochure Part 1"
"Museum Brochure Part 2"
"Museum Brochure Part 3"
"Museum Brochure Part 4"