April 19, 1995- Time for Peace, Hope & Serenity! BUT Never Shall We Forget!

Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building before the bombing

Has it been that long ago that I walked through the doors of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City?  That’s rhetorical! I know exactly the last time was in March of 1995! Back then I had a little consulting and bookkeeping business and made several trips a year to OKC for my clients. A lot of what I used to do is now moved into the ‘cyber age’, but back then most  required tasks to be completed in person.

It was not unusual to see a smile as you went about your chores once entering the building. I did not know all the people behind those smiles personally, but to say I grew accustomed to seeing those faces is a understatment! Some faces I would never see again!

17 years ago. as the devastation unfurled, I was glued to my television  in hopes of seeing at least just one face I recognized. I did recognize one, it was a face of shock and yet it also was face of survival. Yes, one of the 637  who survived. Those survivors, like the nearly 100-year-old American Elm (now dubbed ‘The Survivor Tree’), is a testament to the human spirit. An affirmation of Peace and Hope.

Last year during Oklahoma Arbor Week, The Survivor Tree was honored and celebrated as a symbol of resilience and strength. As with all survivors of that day… a symbol of Healing!

At 9:02 on the morning of April 19, 1995, Our nation lost its innocence. The moment 168 men, women, AND children lost their lives. The moment that 637 souls battled for survival. The moment families were changed forever!

So we shall not forget those stolen from loving families, those heros whose endurance never failed until the last was pulled from the ruins, and outpouring of love from citizens of the great nation we call HOME!

On this day in 1995 as well as that day on September 11, 2001, America with all her diversity, shows the world and her enemies exactly what resilience is!

Feel free to read my rememberence post from last year HERE!.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. imasillymami
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 11:35:24

    Great post. We shall never forget

  2. Amanda
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 11:55:31

    Although I am canadian..I remember that day as well. It was all over the news. Thanks for the reminder, and thinking about all those people who died and survived.

  3. bodhimews
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:06:59

    I remember that day well and we shall never forget. Great post!

  4. Chelsea Wong
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 21:16:50

    Thanks for this post. I was fifteen and out of town with grandparents at a zoo. We crowded around a kiosk that had a tv. Its a very vivid memory. God be with the families.

  5. couponfreestuff
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 04:57:04

    It is so hard to believe it has been 17 years since this senseless tragedy. I remember sitting in my living room watching this unfold on T.V and thinking what kind of monster could have done this? The memory that will never leave my mind is the image of the fireman carrying a baby girl from the wreckage.( I believe her name was Bailey) I know for the families of the lost and the survivors, this hurt never goes away and my prayers are with them. Thank you for bringing this back to everyones attention. From this and 9/11, we should all remember that by complacency we are doomed to repeat history. Never forget!

  6. dedastudios
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 07:20:05

    Great post…Thanks for sharing! I close my eyes and see the images …….we have and will not ever forget!

  7. thefrugalette
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 08:50:42

    I can’t believe it’s been 17 years already, I remember the images on TV so well, the panic and goosebumps that I got just reading this post!

  8. K Squared Glamour
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 09:10:51

    this is a wonderful post!

  9. katbirdfl
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 09:11:28

    I remember that day so well. Thank you for a great post of remembrance.

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