Part of our OKC adventures after the Action Figure Museum. What could top that? Oh there's more, so much more.
Onward to Oklahoma City. I recommend staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Bricktown. Very new, modern, and in the perfect location. Park the car and start walking.
We walked to the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. The theme is Come to Remember. Leave With Resolve. This museum is outstanding – powerful and well done. 168 people died in 1995 when the OKC Federal Building was bombed by home grown terrorists. The Memorial is a place of quiet reflection – a large marble gateway says 9:01 (the before time when a regular day was beginning). Another gateway says 9:03 (it represents the time to begin healing). 168 chairs glint in the sun out on the grass. The tiny chairs for the children in the daycare who died are heartbreaking. Walk the grounds and ponder.
Inside, the museum, through touchscreens, galleries, and theaters, a powerful story unfolds. “The goal is to meet violence with vigilance.” This tragedy united a city, the nation, and impacted the world. It is touching and somber, but so many stories in this are about the folks who did live, the first responders, and a whole community. I highly recommend you come to learn and reflect.
Here’s the list of museum sections:
A Day Like Any Other, History of the Site, A Meeting recorded, Confusion & Chaos, World Reaction – Rescue and Recovery, Watching & Waiting, Gallery of Honor, Impact & Healing, Investigation-Evidence- and Justice, Responsibility and Hope.
We left there quiet and a tad sad. And that’s okay. This museum strikes a nerve and will stick with you.