Saturday, March 1, 2014

Oklahoma City Memorial #1

Oklahoma City has the tragic but must see Oklahoma City Memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives on April 19th, 1995 when a crazed idiot terrorist blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 9:02 am that fateful day.  It is a beautiful place; one that is full of symbolism and artistry.  There are two big monolith-type structures at each end of the memorial.  One has the time 9:01 on it and the other has 9:03 on it.  The 9:01 represents the innocence of the city before the blast and 9:03 represents the time afterwards.  In between there is a reflecting pool and then in the footprint of the Murrah Building are chairs set to represent those who perished.  They are lined up such that they represent the nine floors of the building as well as the blast pattern from the bomb's effect on the building.  And the flagstone you see here in the foreground is such that it represents broken glass, for the shattered glass of the building and the shattered lives left in this tragedy's wake.

It's quite a site to see and if you ever visit OKC, take some time to see the memorial.  You'll be glad you did!

Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Lens Model - Nikkor 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Exposure Program - Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode -  Multi-segment
Exposure - 1
Aperture -  f/8.0
Focal Length - 40 mm
ISO Speed - 200
Flash - No Flash

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