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The arch is complemented by another one on the far side of the reflecting pool.
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Oklahoma City National Memorial

620 North Harvey Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Grounds = 24 hours. Museum = Mon.-Sat., 9-6. & Sun., 12-6.
405-235-3313 3 hours
November 2009 Spring
$10-29 Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Website Historical Historic Sites
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The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum were established in 2000 to remember and interpret the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995 in Oklahoma City. Up to that time, this bombing was the most deadly terrorist incident in US history. The memorial grounds in downtown Oklahoma City consist of an open area with a reflecting pool and a nearby museum in an older building.

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were tried and convicted of carrying out the bombing, which was produced with fertilizer packed into a moving truck. The bomb destroyed most of the Murrah Building and caused significant damage to other buildings; 168 people were killed, and damages exceeded $600 million. After the rescue and recovery efforts, the remains of the Murrah building were demolished a month later.

The memorial is a fitting, serene and moving tribute. The most touching aspect is a field of chairs representing the victims. Watching the chairs light up at dusk with a soft glow is spiritual and sad but also enriching and introspective. Also notable is a fence outside the memorial with personal notes and items left for the victims. The museum is located in a building that was damaged in the bombing and has been repaired. The museum includes extensive information on the bombing as well as the Murrah building and the post-bombing investigation. Leave enough time to see the videos of survivors and read their accounts as it provides a personal connection. A visit to the memorial and museum will be of interest to most people. With a combination of emotion and education, the memorial conveys a thoughtful lasting impression.
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