Friday, April 16, 2010

April 19, 1995 -Where I was;MckLinky Monday

Today on the Real Housewives of Oklahoma's MckLinky Monday they ask - April 19, 1995 -Where were you? I think to most Oklahomans that date will forever stand out in our minds. For those that might not know/remember April 19,1995 was the date of the Oklahoma City Bombing:









And where was I ?...
Well, I was still fairly young - I was in fact sitting in Driver's Ed class at my high school (In Muskogee if you remember from my previous post.) So, like a lot of my peers we were just in class going about our day as usual- until... For me I remember the teacher turned on the TV and we saw some of the first news coverage. I don't remember if we were about to watch some driving video or if the teacher heard about what was going on and turned it on. But, there we all were watching about the Oklahoma City Bombing. Of course like everyone else we heard more and more details as the days went by. And as the years went by- especially as Oklahomans it is always a day of remembrance for those lives and families affected by something so tragic. And even though it's so close to home fortunately I am not 1 of those personally affected. I have heard acquaintance's accounts of what happened that day and I'm sure there's many other people I know that have been personally affected and I might not even know it.
I visited the Oklahoma City Bombing memorial a few years ago and as the 15th anniversary of this tragedy passes today I hope everyone will think of not just those that lost their lives but, also the survivors -Just like the Survivor Tree:











And as the inscription around the Survivor Tree deck reads:
"The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us"

10 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great post. My wife used to be an IRS agent. She never worked in the Murrah building but did attend meetings and have training there. She talks about how she used to park next to the tree way back when.

Baloney said...

Thanks for linking up with us today. I think it is a great way to honor those who lost their lives in such a tragedy.

Real Housewives of Oklahoma said...

The memorial is such a reverent, peaceful place now and the designers did an amazing job. I plan on taking my kids this year - they're all old enough now to see and know, even though I don't think any of us will ever understand no matter how old we are.

Thanks for participating in the MckLinky!

~~Mrs. Nesbitt

Kellyology said...

So happy you're helping us honor those who were lost that day!

dishinanddishes said...

I love the tree! It is the thing that stands out the most to me at the memorial! it's how we all still stood afterwards...a little crooked but firm and strong!

ShaRhonda said...

Wasn't there talk a few years back about the tree being diseased? I can't remember, I hope not! Thanks for playing along! I love your post! ♥Mrs. Hart♥

Mom Mayhem says: said...

I don't remember hearing about the tree being diseased. I double checked and as far as I can tell -It's still there. People have even planted seedlings from it: http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/secondary.php?section=5&catid=120

While double checking that I also found a wonderful quote to add to the end of this post.

Prairiemaid said...

"And as the inscription around the Survivor Tree deck reads:
"The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us""

Thanks for including this quote from the survivor tree.

Nice post.

momof3girls said...

I do believe our deeply rooted faith was on display for the world to see those horrible days that followed the bombing. Thank you for mentioning the quote and the survivor tree!

Territory Mom said...

Beautiful post. Thanks for stopping by my blog.