The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum was created to honor those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever by the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The Memorial and Museum are dedicated to educating visitors about the impact of violence, informing about events surrounding the bombing, and inspiring hope and healing through lessons learned by those affected.
Aside from lunching in Tulsa, we didn't plan to stop anywhere today, but as we approached Oklahoma City, the Other Family Human, who was driving, asked me if there was a memorial at the site of the bombing of the Federal Building. I checked the tour book, and found that the memorial was downtown, and not at all out of our way. It is the most poignant and beautiful memorial I have ever witnessed. It acknowledges the survivors as well as those who died. It is a brilliant work of art, and every part of it is relevant and meaningful. We wish we'd had time to see the museum, too, but it was closing as we arrived. I know that Oklahoma City isn't on the radar screen of most of the readers of this blog, but I urge you, if you are anywhere in the vicinity, to see it, or go to its website at http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org. What a fine and appropriate place to find ourselves on this Memorial Day weekend.