Archive for November, 2008

The Memorial in Fall

I work across the street from the Oklahoma City National Memorial. In fact, I see the eastern side of it from my 8th floor window every morning as I make coffee. It has become a familiar part of the neighborhood. For the past several weeks, the trees have been in full Autumn color. Last week, as I headed to the parking garage, I realized I had better get some pictures before the inevitable winds picked up and took away the beautiful foliage.

I spent about an hour and a half walking through the site, thinking about that fateful day. While walking in front of the field of empty chairs, all of the feelings of that day came rushing back. The chaos of the morning trying to make it home from the city, the anxious waiting to see who was pulled alive from the wreckage, and the sorrow for those who lost loved ones.

Yet, in that place among the beautiful trees, there was a sense of serenity and peace. I’m sure that what the designers had in mind, but it was an amazing experience nonetheless.