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“As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth”: meet the lambs slaughtered at Ground Zero Oklahoma City

 

 

 

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Located just south of the Field of Empty Chairs, above the underground parking garage, is the raised Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Plaza. The plaza was an original part of the federal building, and contained garden and seating areas, as well as the second floor daycare playground. Visitors to the Memorial may still access the plaza, and the flagpole from which flies the American flag is the original flagpole that was in place on April 19, 1995.”

Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_P._Murrah_Federal_Building

*Primary image attribution for photographs of search and rescue activities on 19 April 1995 is to AP photographers whose works appear as part of a photo series at NWITIMES.com and which can be accessed at the link below. Image of the children’s playground courtesy National Park Service. To the extent that images of children killed in the Murrah Building bombing as well as other images are not otherwise attributed these are used pursuant to open-source and/or non-commercial fair use standards. The biographical content that accompanies each of the children’s photos accompanies a photo spread in a 15 May 1995 People Magazine cover story by Bill Hewitt titled “April Mourning.”  Composite images are creations of this author.

NWITIMES Gallery, “remembering the Oklahoma City Bombing”:

https://www.nwitimes.com/digital/photos/gallery-remembering-the-oklahoma-city-bombing/collection_7c044120-f597-5b48-abd1-2c36f17437e7.html#4

 

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Following is excerpted, without edit, from Robert Dvorchak. Day Care Disaster ‘Beyond Comprehension.’ AP News. 26 April 1995.

https://www.apnews.com/509829f81a87ba7b02e97b89ae23c043

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ At 7 a.m., children began arriving at the America’s Kids day care center, their parents kissing them goodbye before heading off to work.

Twenty-one children were dropped off April 19. When owner Melva Noakes telephoned at 8:50 a.m., four babies _ all less than a year old _ had been tucked into cribs next to a window.

The older kids were finishing breakfast in their classrooms. Honeynut Cheerios, peaches and milk were most in demand. Other kids had eggs, toast and jelly.

Then, at 9:02 a.m., 4,800 pounds of explosives detonated outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Blast waves slammed into the day care center on the second floor. The top seven floors collapsed onto the center in a smoking heap.

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A love letter to our first responders

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I brought my wife and child to this killing field while the perimeter fence was still many blocks away from the blast site and while our first responders were still recovering the bodies and parts of bodies that had not long before been men and women, sons and daughters. Parents and grandparents.

Infants.

It would not be too long until we moved to Oklahoma City and my duties as a lawyer for the accused frequently brought me to the federal courthouse that’s at the top of the feature image. And, depending on where I parked, I might cross hallowed ground to get there. But there were other times that I came here – and I will go again – when the daylight was not yet standing watch. Times when I asked God why He wasn’t in Oklahoma City that April day.

Over the weekend, I wrote a love letter to those whose job it is to pick up the pieces.

https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/04/29/five-finger-death-punch-blue-on-black-proceeds-from-this-song-to-be-donated-to-the-gary-sinise-foundation-to-benefit-first-responders-nyc-okc-mashup/

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*** A note re images used in this blogpost: I’m the one who visited St. Paul’s Chapel in the fall of 2014 and took this photograph of a message Oklahomans had sent to first responders who’d been tasked with picking up the pieces where the Twin Towers used to be. Other images in this blogpost are open-source or appear here on a non-commercial, fair use status.