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On April 19, 1995, exactly two years after the Branch-Davidian compound in Waco went to flames, a malcontent named McVeigh, in some sort of misguided revenge for Waco and the killings at Ruby Ridge, blew up the Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168, including 28 kids.

A very elaborate, very impressive monument has risen on the site of the bombing.

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A Memorial Wall. click a thumbnail to view a photo

Along one wall of the memorial a sort of People's Memorial has become a permanent fixture since the bombing.

A makeshift memorial stuck to a fence. Friends and relatives of the victims and others have left an amazing collection of memorabilia attached to the wall and the chain link fence.

Letters to loved ones, photos, news articles, stuffed animals, flowers; this wall serves as a shrine to those killed and people seem to react to it the same way they do to the Viet Nam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. A big statue of a crying Jesus stands across the street with his back to this wall, and the site of the bombing.
A grandma looking at the memorial of items stuck to a fence outside the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Jesus weaping at the Murrah Memorial. "And Jesus Wept" is the inscription at the base of this statue.
Inside the memorial, the clock is stuck at 9:01. Tall walls symbolically mark the perimeter of the destroyed building. The wall at this end shows the time a minute before the bombing, 9:01. Remains of the building can be seen to the right in this photo.
The memorial's reflecting pool. A reflecting pool is the centerpiece of the memorial. The wall you see at the end of the pool marks the minute after the bombing, 9:03.
A chair for each victim. Each victim is represented by a sculpture shaped like a chair. These glow with illumination at night. The chairs are in rows, each row representing a floor of the building. Little chairs represent the children. Five chairs sit outside the rows, representing the five who died outside the building.
This tree survived the blast. A plaque tells the story of the tree in the photo on the left. The tree is now surrounded by a plaza overlooking the reflecting pool.
The plaque on the surviving tree.
This concludes your visit to the site of the Murrah Federal Building


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