Survivor Tree

October 1, 2015

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Immortalized in Stone."


The statue my personal carver would make would be a replica of the Survivor Tree in Oklahoma City at the Bombing Memorial. My husband and I had the opportunity last year to visit the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. I think this was the most amazing opportunity we have had so far in our almost 2 years of marriage.

Survivor TreeThis tree witnessed the attack and still stands to tell the story. I found the whole place surprisingly serene considering the violence that occurred on this site. The memorial is surrounded by traffic on all sides, but it was so quite and peaceful within the park. I will always remember this trip to the memorial and the lives that were lost that day back in 1995. Even though I was not there for the attack, it changed many lives forever. I remember looking at the fence along one of the sides of the memorial and all the mementos and pictures of the people lost that day. I think the one I remember the most spoke of a woman (I cannot remember her name) who was pregnant with a baby boy and both her and her unborn son were killed in blast. There are chairs in the  courtyard that represent every person lost that day and even small chairs to represent the children in the daycare within the building who were lost that day.

I think of all our time (5 months) in Oklahoma, this is the sightseeing trip that I will remember for the rest of my life. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to visit the memorial park.

Immortalized in Stone

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