Fifteen years ago today marks an American tragedy and a personal tragedy for our great state of Oklahoma.  The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, by one of our own citizens was devastating for the destruction and loss of lives (168) and injuries; and heartbreaking that one of our own could do this to other Americans. It's day we all remember where we were and what we were doing.  I had a new baby and was just returning to my job as a paralegal for Allstate Insurance Company in Tulsa. The first we heard was "someone set off a bomb at the OKC courthouse". We figured it was probably some disgruntled litigant with a pipe bomb in the toilets or something. Then we turned on the television and I remember we were all standing around it and when the picture came up, everyone just slowly sat down in silence. It was eerie. We all knew it would change the world forever. A month later I had to go to OKC for a meeting and I drove by the site - all chainlinked off but clearly visible. It was still so draining to see. It just sucked the life out of you if you stood there long enough. I was so moved by that experience that it was a while before I could bring myself to stop at the Memorial that opened in 2000. One day I was driving back from something and it was a beautiful day and I had my SX-70 in the car with me so I decided to stop and take a look.  It was so peaceful. I stayed for a while and created this Polaroid manipulation of the 168 chairs that memorial each soul lost that day in the bombing. Please take a minute to remember them also.  We will NEVER forget.

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Fifteen years ago today marks an American tragedy and a personal tragedy for our great state of Oklahoma.  The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, by one of our own citizens was devastating for the destruction and loss of lives (168) and injuries; and heartbreaking that one of our own could do this to other Americans. It's day we all remember where we were and what we were doing.  I had a new baby and was just returning to my job as a paralegal for Allstate Insurance Company in Tulsa. The first we heard was "someone set off a bomb at the OKC courthouse". We figured it was probably some disgruntled litigant with a pipe bomb in the toilets or something. Then we turned on the television and I remember we were all standing around it and when the picture came up, everyone just slowly sat down in silence. It was eerie. We all knew it would change the world forever. A month later I had to go to OKC for a meeting and I drove by the site - all chainlinked off but clearly visible. It was still so draining to see. It just sucked the life out of you if you stood there long enough. I was so moved by that experience that it was a while before I could bring myself to stop at the Memorial that opened in 2000. One day I was driving back from something and it was a beautiful day and I had my SX-70 in the car with me so I decided to stop and take a look.  It was so peaceful. I stayed for a while and created this Polaroid manipulation of the 168 chairs that memorial each soul lost that day in the bombing. Please take a minute to remember them also.  We will NEVER forget.

OKC41995.jpg



Comments
Reese says:

I remember you telling Ward and I about this during our engagement session. I absolutely love it and I'm glad you posted it.

(04.20.10 @ 06:07 PM)
Nancy says:

I remember too since I was babysitting that little baby of yours. I cannot believe it's been 15 years.

(04.26.10 @ 10:24 AM)
adguthrie says:

Magnificent! Reminds me of a William S. Tribell poem . Bravo!

(04.26.10 @ 11:27 PM)