Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial
(Teton Valley, Idaho)
My wife and I traveled to Oklahoma City on a business trip. Our host, Beverly, picked us up at the airport. After an awesome business lunch in Bricktown, she took us to the OKC memorial.
We remembered seeing the news coverage when the explosion happened shortly after 8 A.M. (MST) on April 19, 1995. But seeing the site in person gave us a whole different perspective. It was very moving. First we walked the grounds where the building stood and the memorial was built.
Our minds tried to wrap around the events of that day. The blast, the destruction, the death, the shock, the panic... all kinds of emotions stirred within us. Regular, ordinary people were about their typical business when suddenly their lives were changed forever.
Next we visited the Memorial Museum. This brought the events to life as we were guided through the timeline of that day. The recording of the Water Board hearing captured the only known audio of the blast. The confusion and chaos that followed was evident by some of the original damage on display.
The rest of our business trip went wonderfully. We met great people who made us feel very at home... a tribute to the character of the people of Oklahoma who experienced one of the most horrific events of our time.
We've been on may trips, but this has to be one of the most meaningful business travel news stories my wife and I have shared together.