Twenty two years ago today, one of the most horrific terrorists attacks took place on American soil, just down the road from us in Oklahoma City. On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded in front of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building, killing 168 people, 19 of which were young children from the daycare within the building.
Last weekend, I had the privilege to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum that was built in 2000. This is truly a remarkable place that honors those who were killed in this tragic event but also gives the survivors a place to find peace. I was not yet born when this tragic event unfolded, but was moved by the experience of visiting such a beautiful place.
There are two walls that signify 9:01 and 9:03 the hurt experienced from the bomb and the time in which the healing had to begin. In between these two walls is a beautiful reflection pool next to a garden of empty chairs for each of the 168 victims. Across from the chairs stands the survivor tree, a 90 year old oak tree that survived the blast. Beyond that is the museum which houses artifacts about the events as they unfolded that day. There is a tribute to the victims and a timeline for capturing the individuals responsible for this attack. Every American should visit this National Museum at least once in their life.