Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial - Simpsonville, KY
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BluegrassCache
N 38° 12.212 W 085° 19.735
16S E 646314 N 4229717
Quick Description: A very understated but moving memorial to the victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing. The memorial is located in a group of trees near the I-64 Eastbound (Simpsonville) Rest Area In Kentucky. It was dedicated Memorial Day, 1995.
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 9/30/2007 7:01:24 AM
Waymark Code: WM2A0R
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme
Views: 58

Long Description:
The monument has a poem dedicated to children then states it is Kentucky's way of remembering the victims.

The plaque reads:
"But the child's sob in the in the silence curses deeper than the strong man in his wrath." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The City of the Children.
Dedicated to the victims of the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing
Kentucky Crushed Stone Association
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Federal Highway Administration
Memorial Day 1995

The following information comes from this website:
(visit link)
On April 19, 1995, around 9:03 a.m., just after parents dropped their children off at day care at the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, the unthinkable happened.

A massive bomb inside a rental truck exploded, blowing half of the nine-story building into oblivion.

A stunned nation watched as the bodies of men, women, and children were pulled from the rubble for nearly two weeks. When the smoke cleared and the exhausted rescue workers packed up and left, 168 people were dead in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Just 90 minutes after the explosion, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer pulled over 27-year-old Timothy McVeigh for driving without a license plate.

Shortly before he was to be released on April 21, McVeigh was recognized as a bombing suspect and was charged with the bombing.

When McVeigh's ex-Army buddy, Terry Nichols, discovered that he, too, was wanted for questioning, he voluntarily surrendered to police in Herington, Kansas, and was later charged in the bombing.

McVeigh was executed for his role and Nichols still sits in prison.

Disaster Date: 04/19/1995

Date of dedication: 05/29/1995

Memorial Sponsors: Kentucky Crushed Stone Association, Kentucky Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

Disaster Type: Sociological

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

Relevant Website: Not listed

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