At this peaceful plaza in the quiet downtown of Oklahoma City, the east gate is inscribed with the time 9:01, the west gate 9:03. The first time represents the moment innocence was lost; the second one the time healing began. On the morning of April 19, 1995, a terrorist's bomb took the lives of 168 people at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.
The stark gates frame 168 forever-empty chairs, representing the lives lost that tragic morning. The chairs surround a single American elm, the Survivor Tree. The site is a stirring, visceral reminder of the damage done by violence and the resilience of the human spirit. A visit here evokes the spirit of hope in America that can rise from tragedy. Across the country, people supported each other to face the coming days with optimism. The memorial in Oklahoma City ensures that those who suffered here will never be forgotten.
Oklahoma City National Memorial Information
Address: 620 N. Harvey, Oklahoma City, OK
Telephone: 405/235-3313 888/542-HOPE
Hours of Operation: Dawn - Dusk
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