I am reposting a slightly different version of the capture I took last summer of the two gates of the Oklahoma City Memorial. Today is the 17th anniversary of the disaster that left 168 people dead. Why is it that we are so emotional about the terrorism that is done to us by others, but seem to want to forget the terrorism we inflict on ourselves?
On a bright Wednesday morning, April 19, 1995 at 9:02 am, Timothy McVeigh, a misguided young man, blew up a Ryder truck bomb in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK. Over 600 people were injured and 168 were killed, including 19 children. On the site of the tragedy now stands the Oklahoma City Memorial, a 4 city block remembrance of the day. Each gate to the memorial is marked with a time, 9:01 and 9:03, the minutes before and after the tragedy. To the left(and out of sight) of this shot is the survivor tree, which took the brunt of the exposion, burning cars and shrapnel and still thrives. Center is the relecting pond which sits on the old 5th street. To the right are 169 chairs, each with a name of those who lost their lives.