First I want to say that YES, we DO know that this song was written for Martin Luther King but it was what was going thru my head the entire time we were walking thru the memorial, so it seemed somewhat appropriate for this video. Thank you Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam.
So, our full day in Oklahoma City begins and we head of to "a museum", and the first bit of real miscommunication between us. Think about it, we're driving Route 66, we are experiencing Route 66, we are talking about Route 66, we are navigating Route 66, so when Beth told me, "we are going to a museum today" I'm sort of thinking its a museum about Route 66 right??
Boy was I wrong, and frankly it totally took me for a loop. I was not happy. I was NOT in the mood to look at a bunch of blown glass sculptures. I probably was not the most gracious attendee at the museum that day. Turns out the Route 66 Museum, which I KNEW was close to Oklahoma City but we would not get there for a few days.
This thing was about 6 feet in diameter and about 40 or 50 feet tall.
There was a whole room full of these made of glass.
After the museum (which oddly enough had no Route 66 mentions in it), we headed off to lunch. We are still eating on California time so we were looking for something to eat at around 3PM. We found a bar and grill sort of place in what felt like a downtown financial district in the lobby of a building that was built in 1939. Gary was a great host, very low key and entertaining. If I ever came back to Oklahoma City I would go see Gary again. I forget the name of the place but we'll look it up and post it later.
Then we headed to the Memorial for the 1995 Memorial.
The chairs are in 9 rows representing the 9 floors of those who died in the blast. Each chair has a name engraved on the glass base. There are 5 chairs on the west end of the memorial to represent 5 people who died outside the building. The grass field is inside the original foot print of the building.
The memorial is defined by two large walls with walkwasy thru them. The wall on the east says 9:01 above the doorway, the wall on the west end has 9:03 above the door. 9:01 is the moment before the blast and 9:03 is the moment after the blast.
We knew we wanted to shoot the memorial at sunset but we had HOURS to go so we headed to Brahms for milkshakes, a mid-west chain of fast food and small grocery stores all in one.
This was NOT the Brahms we went to but it WAS a Route 66 photo op right up the street that we stumbled upon.
then we headed back to the memorial to shoot it right.
This is part of the original perimeter wall of the building. It is not clear if the damage was caused by the initial blast or the subsequent demolition of the remains of the building. I suspect this was left after the demoltion.
Tomorrow we head to Ft. Worth for a vacation from our vacation. Time to visit Jeffrey, Alicia and Grace.