2008 Midwest USA travel blog

National Memorial Chairs

Fence outside National Memorial

The Gators got beat Sunday night in a great game. The play was exciting and we fell just a little bit short after playing eight scoreless innings. Monday night we went to the first game of the Championship Series with Arizona State taking on Texas A&M in the first of a two out of three series. Arizona State won easily (much like we did in the first game Sunday) as A&M didn't really play well. The second (and perhaps last) game will be tonight.

Monday we also did a little touring of OKC. We went to see the National Memorial set up after the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building in downtown OKC. Where the Murrah building was located is now just a lawn with 168 metal and crystal chairs, representing each person killed in the bombing, laid out in rows representing each of the nine floors in the building

. The fence

that was erected to protect the site almost immediately after the bombing and become a place where people who came to the site placed mementos or other symbols of their thoughts still is in place and covered with items that people still place at the site - a very moving scene. The museum which has been built next door is well worth the time and money to see it. It covers everything about the bombing from the minutes just before the explosion through rescue efforts and the trials of the perpetrators (Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols).

After the National Memorial we went to the Myriad Botanical Gardens but it was somewhat of a disappointment with few displays and some nicely landscaped lawns but not what we expected. We then went to Stockyard City (used to be called Cowtown) and shopped a little bit then ate at the world famous Cattlemen's Steakhouse. It was good and the place has a lot of history. President Bush has even eaten there.

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