Friday, April 19, 2013

Reflection

 
This week has been an extremely sad week for Americans.
As we are all glued to the TV watching the horror unfold,
I have been reflecting on the events of April 19th, 1995.
 
In February when we went to San Antonio ,
and on the recommendation of a friend ,
we stopped in Oklahoma to visit the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial.
 
 
 
Sis and I had lived in Oklahoma for a few years when we were kids ,
and have always felt a kinship with the state .
 
It was a very moving experience to say the least .
 
 
On the morning of April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh parked a rental truck with explosives in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and at 9:02am, a massive explosion occurred which sheared the entire north side of the building, killing 168 people.
 ( copied from the Memorial website )
 
 
This section of the Memorial represents the 168 people that were killed .
Each row represents the floor of the building they were on .
And each chair represents a victim.
 
The first row / floor has the most chairs,
that is where the daycare was located .
 
This was the hardest for me to fathom ...
innocent children.
 
What makes a person so consumed with hatred that they have no regard for the innocent ?
 
I can't and won't understand it .
 
The events of this week and the tragedy in Boston , have brought it to the surface again.
 
However, when you go to the memorial  ,
you have a sense of peace ,
of a city and nation that came together to create a beautiful and lasting tribute to those lost .
 
 
The Survivor Tree.
 
Just a common AMERICAN elm .
It withstood the blast and stands proud still .
 
 
Engraved on the wall surrounding the Survivor Tree,
 is this quote,
" The Spirit of this City and this Country will not be defeated ; our deeply rooted faith sustains us . "
 
That is my hope and my prayer for the city of Boston ,
all the victims and the loved ones of victims ,
and really , all of the citizens of
OUR great country .
 
Peace to you all ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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  1. Beautiful post Dawn! I've been to this memorial. I cried so hard when I saw all the little shoes. The memorial itself is beautiful.

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  3. Great post Dawn. Thank you for the perspective. Prayers to the families affected by the Boston Bombings and healing for a city and country plagued with violence and hatred. Those that are caring and thriving will prevail.

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