Friday, April 19, 2013

~IN MEMORY~

 The day was an ordinary spring day.  People were milling about going about their business. Driving to work, dropping their children off at daycare, eating breakfast, jogging, shopping...  Flowers were beginning to bloom and our native trees were starting to blossom.

The day ended as a day that will go down in history.  By noon untold carnage spread across our City and men, women and children lay dead and a beautiful federal building destroyed.  Two cowardly men bombed our Oklahoma City Alfred P. Murrah Building killing 168 people and wounding many more.  A nurse coming to aid the injured also lost her life that day as a result of falling debris.

It's been eighteen years since that morning in early April 1995.  Lives were forever changed and the landscape of our beautiful Red Earth State was altered for all time.  My children were only ten and thirteen at the time, far too young to bear witness to something that today sometimes feels commonplace.

The people of Oklahoma are resilient and proud.  We have healed from the devastation although many scars remain.  Today as we honor our fallen citizens we celebrate with continued hope and joy that God's mercy will bless and cover America.  Our State is stronger and more beautiful than ever...a testament to our will to press on and survive the most difficult of days.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Boston and the state of Massachusetts as they face untold violence.
They, too, will rebuild.
But their lives will never be the same.

May the memory of love prevail in our hearts forever.

Love to you...

16 comments:

ga447 said...

We never need to forget. I pray for these families all the time.

Julie Marie said...

I have no words Rebecca... just prayers... xoxo Julie Marie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Rebecca,
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma on this terrible anniversary date and with the people of the Boston area as they are living in fear right now....
Life in America has once again changed.....

Hugs,
Deb

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I remember that day vividly. And here we are going through tragedy again.
Our Hope is in the Lord. PTL!

Mari said...

Oh God Rebecca I so remember that tragic event, my heart felt prayers to all the lives lost and to all those in Boston who have been effected.

Blessings~
Mari

Melissa Bishop said...

Wow, 18 years already? Seems like yesterday. Thank you for the reminder.

Bente said...

I don`t understand how it`s possible to be that evil. I feel so sorry for what happen in Boston.

Wish you a nice weekend, my friend.

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

Rebecca, what a lovely post. It's hard to believe that 18 years have gone by since that terrible day, through I imagine it was a long 18 years for those who directly suffered such loss. We should never forget! XO Sue

myletterstoemily said...

we do know what boston is going through,
don't we. we also know that beauty
triumphs over terror.

NanaDiana said...

Rebecca- Your words brought that day to my mind full force. I remember the way I felt as that horror unfolded. You are right- people will move forward with their lives but will be forever changed. What a wonderful tribute here. I know how I felt- I can't imagine how YOU felt being so close to it all. xo Diana

Theresa said...

I will never forget. Praying for our Country. HUGS

Angie said...

Rebecca, Thank you for remembering! I worked on the Naval Reserve HQ staff at the time and we were on lockdown for some time. In a few moments so many innocent lives were taken, including children and babies.

As human beings, the thing that makes us strong is our compassion and love for our fellow man.

Mom E. said...

Thanks for your kind words and sharing, Rebecca.
my heart goes out to all the people who go through this kind of tragedy. Our nation has not had to deal with this as many years as other countries have and we definitely have compassion for them as well as for each other.
Hugs,
Betsy

The Stitching Coop said...

As a daughter of the great city of BOSTON, I thank you for all of us. She is the home of my youth, the return of my teens and the choice of my early adulthood. I miss her so much and my heart broke when I was watching the t.v. and witnessed this horrific event. It matters not how many we loose or become injured or forever changed. It matters how we recover, lift up those in need & carry on the memory of those gone too soon. I know we may live in a very different world but in my minds eye, I have to believe good will over come. It just has too. For my friend, for my natives & for my culture. I know you understand as an Oklahoma daughter, so again, I thank you for all of us. Hugs. Tammy

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

We will never forget that tragic day! All we can do is to keep praying for our Nation
Love ya
Maggie

Deanna said...

it's difficult for me to embrace that it has been 18 years since that horrible disaster took place. 18 years.

Horrible.

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