Earlier this week, I drove to Oklahoma City to visit my aunt while she attended the Southern States Correctional Association annual conference. Unbeknownst to her, I was attending Tuesday night’s award banquet to watch her receive a lifetime achievement award for 30-plus years of service in criminal justice with the Kentucky Department of Corrections.
Thanks to Becka at Kiki La Rue for recommending this amazing black maxi dress for the occasion. It was not only modest and flattering, but also very comfortable for my growing pregnant belly!
While in town, several of us walked the few blocks between our hotel and the convention center to the Oklahoma City National Memorial site. We actually visited the memorial twice, during the day and again later that night.
We come here to remember those who were killed. Those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort. Strength. Peace. Hope and serenity.
We search for the truth.
We seek justice.
The courts require it.
The victims cry for it.
And GOD demands it!
FIELD OF EMPTY CHAIRS
Each of the 168 chairs symbolize a life lost, with smaller chairs representing the 19 children killed. Arranged in nine rows, one for each of the nine floors of the building, they are placed according to the floor in which those killed were working or visiting. Each bronze and stone chair rests on a glass base etched with the name of a victim. By day, the chairs seem to float above their translucent bases. By night, the glass bases illuminate as beacons of hope.