Oklahoma City National Memorial

Trip Start May 13, 2007
Trip End Jun 03, 2007

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Today, we visited the site of the Oklahoma City bombing site. It is labeled as the Oklahoma City National Memorial. It was a somber place to visit and reflect. In the panoramics, you can see the whole park. On the left is the chairs representing all those who died organized by what floor they were on. The smaller chairs represent children. The reflecting pool represents the road where 5th Avenue and where the bomb went off. Each end is marked with pillars marking the time before the bombing, normalcy, to the time the bomb went off, when everything changed. The observation level, overlooking the memorial, is the original park that was built with the federal building. The site was used a trauma center after the bomb went off. On the right side is a memorial to those who came to the rescue. In the same area is a tree that has exisited since before the building was constructed and survived the bombing. In front of the museum, was an area to remember the children lost in the bombing. The museum itself follows a timeline of events from the construction of the building, to the morning off, to the bombing, the events that followed, the trial, and the building of the memorial as it is seen today. It was moving to see the news reports, the artifacts removed from the site, the evidence used in the trial, the preserved area of the museum that will stay as it was after the bombing, and the world wide attention the event had.
After Oklahoma City, we left to head to Amarillo, TX. Uncle Bill had a difficult time driving with the strong crosswinds. Along the way, we saw a water tower that was tilted. Right by it was a sign saying that they had the largest cross in the western hemisphere in their town. I'm pretty sure I've seen the same cross earlier in the trip. Also, for some strange reason we drove through Gray County four times even though we were on a straight west route. Each time we switched into a different county. Uncle Bill believes that the line was drawn by someone who placed their hand on the map and traced it :). As we got closer to Amarillo, I noticed some thunderhead clouds. When we checked in at the KOA, they said that a tornando had landed nearby by was heading northeast. The area was under a tornado watch. We were rocking and rolling in the wind until early evening. Now, I can still see the flashes of lightening to the northeast of us. Uncle Bill and I also got laundry done. Tomorrow, we're getting the camper inspected and possibly worked on. We hope to head to somewhere in New Mexico tomorrow.
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