During September and October Susan and I embarked on a tour of several midwestern and western states, driving in our 2000 Toyota Siena van(215,000 miles before our trip)a total of 7,279 miles through 13 states. We were gone 33 days and spent the night in 21 different places. When we got home it dawned on us that we had been together virtually 24/7 for the entire trip with no major disagreements and without growing tired of each other. I think our marriage of 41 years will last.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday September 19: Oklahoma City OK

Upon arriving in Oklahoma City we went to the memorial at the site of the former Alfred Murrah Federal Building, which was destroyed in the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.  Tragically, there were 168 people killed on that morning.  The memorial consists of a beautiful reflecting pool with stone “gates” at each end, along with 168 chairs dedicated to each person who died.  The east gate is engraved with 9:01 and the west gate with 9:03, framing the explosion time of 9:02 a.m.  Also, the chairs are arranged based on the location of the individual inside the building, small chairs are for the children, and each chair bears the name of a victim of the tragedy.  We were at the memorial late afternoon and evening and were very touched by our time there.  It is beautiful and an inspiring tribute to those who died. 





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