Day 19 - Oklahoma City remembers.

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.


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Reader Comments (8)

Lovely - perfect - and I thank you for all of your patience while making and putting these together for all of us - sitting at home

Saturday, June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Fenwick

Beth and Chris - because some of us might not know about the empty chairs - and if you post something, or plan to, we can erase this because I am sure you would have great personal remarks about the experience.

Field of Empty Chairs: 168 empty chairs hand-crafted from glass, bronze, and stone represent those who lost their lives in the tragedy. A bombing victim's name is etched in the glass base of each chair. The chairs represent the empty chairs at the dinner tables of the victims' families. The chairs are arranged in nine rows symbolizing the nine floors of the building, and each person's chair is on the row (or the floor) on which the person worked or was visiting when the bomb went off. The chairs are also grouped according to the blast pattern, with the most chairs nearest the most heavily damaged portion of the building. The westernmost column of five chairs represents the five people who died but were not in the Murrah Building when the bomb went off (two in the Water Resources Board building, one in the Athenian Building, one outside near the building, and one rescuer). The 19 smaller chairs represent the children killed in the bombing. Three unborn children died along with their mothers, and they are listed on their mothers' chairs beneath their mothers' names.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Fenwick


Sunday, June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Fenwick

This is deeply moving

Sunday, June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Harrold Kuchefski

Very nice video... Well done!

Monday, June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Stennet

Chris and Beth,
It takes a lot of time and patience to do what you guys are doing. Few might realize that waiting for that "magical light" isn't something that you just happen upon. At least not often.
Thank you for your efforts.
Enjoying your posts.
Safe travels.

Monday, June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn King

Fen and Beth,

Once again great work on the video and photos.

Such a rare treat for viewers to get to "travel" along with you on the journey.

The travel blog is now part of my daily routine every couple of mornings when I catch up and view the latest episodes.

Thanks for sharing.

Always look forward to the wonderful comments from your Mom.

Some of her comments are exactly what my mom would say if I was out and about.

Aren't Mom's the greatest?

Take care,


Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTony Sal

I know you would like to have had more time but when I look at this - and the other things before this - then the old hotel where you stayed, it is almost like you could have come home - well right after Grand Canyon. You had a lot of things for your soul on this trip - you probably could not take too much more in -

Friday, June 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Fenwick

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