On April 19, 1995 terror struck downtown Oklahoma City. A car bomb went off and destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building killing 168 people and injuring many more. Today, in the place of the building is the beautiful and simplistic Oklahoma City National Memorial. The arches have times inscribed, each with symbolic meaning. 9:01: the last moment of peace, 9:02: the moment of destruction, and 9:03: the first moments of recovery. There are 168 empty glass chairs for all those killed, all facing a reflecting pool.
Visiting the memorial has a very ethereal and somber feel to it. I have been multiple times throughout my life but every time I just want to stay silent the whole time purely out of respect for those lost. It has always had a very powerful effect on me and I hope it gives people the same feeling of hope that it gives to me.