Oklahoma City National Memorial honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were changed forever on April 19, 1995.
The Gates of Time: These monumental twin gates frame the moment of destruction – 9:02 – and mark the formal entrances to the memorial.
Reflecting Pool: A shallow depth of gently flowing water soothing wounds, with calming sounds and peaceful setting for quiet thoughts.
Field of Empty Chairs: The 168 chairs stands as a poignant reminder of each life lost, articulated as the absence felt by family members and friends.
Children’s Area: A wall of hand-painted tiles sent to Oklahoma City in 1995 by children illustrates their care. in addition, a series of chalkboards creates an opportunity for children to share their feelings – an important part of the healing process.
Rescuers Orchard: Like those who rushed in from far and near to lend a helping hand, this army of fruit and flowering bearing trees surrounds and protects the Survivor’s Tree.
The Survivor’s Tree: The Survivor’s Tree, an American Elm, bears witness to the violence of April 19 and now stands as a profound symbol of human resilience.
The Memorial Fence: The Memorial Fence continues to display items left by visitors, which are dedicated to Family Members, Survivors, and Rescue Workers.