April 19, 1995 –
Homegrown terrorist Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck carrying 7,000 pounds of homemade bomb at the service drop off entrance along N.W. 5th street adjacent to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma city.
He walked away.
Three minutes later at 9:02 am the bomb detonated and tore the full northern exterior of the building away from the structure.
On the second floor of the building was the America’s Kids Child Development Center. The explosive destruction did not discriminate. For many death was swift.
For friends and family pain lingers. An insane act tore apart families and left a void where days before there had been joy and unity.
We made the pilgrimage yesterday to the OKC Bombing Memorial to pay respects for the attacks of September 11.
I took the above picture in the Field of Empty Chairs. By one of the small chairs signifying one of the children who died in the blast, someone had left this little white angel bear. This particular chair honors then one year old miss Baylee Almon. She would be 17.
So as I absorb the vastness of this tragedy and the September 11 attacks, I couldn’t help but put a face on the human condition. The face of little Baylee Almon and the life that might have been.