Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19, 1995

The ladies over at RHOK have a MckLinky up today for you to link up your memories of where you were when the Oklahoma City Bombing occurred. If you have a memory of that day, head over there and link it up.

I remember this day pretty well. I was a junior in high school. I was in my second hour class, Mr. Horn's World History class, getting ready to begin. The first word that we got was that the State Capitol building had been bombed. Our class went into a kind of panic because one of our classmates was serving as a page at the Capitol that day. It took a while before we found out the truth and even longer before we got word that he was okay.

All of our classrooms had televisions in them that we used to watch a daily news program that came on at the beginning of every class period. Most of the teachers let us watch the news coverage that day. It was so sad.

I remember going home after school for several days after and watching the rescue efforts. Watching the rescue workers pull toys from the wreckage was heartbreaking and I can remember sitting in front of the television and crying. It was a terrible day.

I remember going to OKC while the fence was still up and seeing all the things that people left there. The sight of it was overwhelming. So many people had lost someone they loved!

We have gone a few times to the memorial. It's beautiful, especially at night when the chairs are lit. We've taken the kids to see it and the older two were old enough to understand why that place is so special. Dakota and Cheyenne have even participated in the Memorial Marathon kids event.

Now that Sierra and Landon are older, we will take them back sometime soon and tell them the story as well.


Baloney said...

Thanks for linking up! The fences were an emotional thing for me to see as well. I think I will take my kids to see the memorial this summer.
~Mrs. Priss

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Yes it was very shocking. The fence was very touching and sad.

The Southern Family said...

Thanks for linking to us today, Tiffany. Great post!

Dawn said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story with TheRHOK.

I agree, the fence with all the well wishes and bears was a tear-jerker.

We are planning on taking our kids to the Memorial site this year.

Kellyology said...

The toys were a strong memory for me too. I'll never forget them.

Real Housewives of Oklahoma said...

Thanks for linking up with us today! The memorial is on our list for this year - my kids are all old enough now to go and they need to learn about this part of OK history.

~~Mrs. Nesbitt

ShaRhonda said...

The fences are a bittersweet reminder. I could spend hours just reading and peering at all of those items. Thanks for joining in today! ♥Mrs. Hart♥

Prairiemaid said...

I agree, the fence with the items people left as tributes was heart wrenching. Pictures of the fence and the picture of the fireman holding little Baylee Almon will forever be engraved in my heart.

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