Oklahoma City National Memorial

Anthony Navetta is a devoted traveler who enjoys exploring the United States with his family (as mentioned in an earlier blog post). As a retired school teacher, Anthony Navetta recognizes that vacations should not only be fun diversions, but also educational. Anthony Navetta believes that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, which is why his family visited a museum that pays tribute to one of the biggest tragedies in modern American history: the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Located in Oklahoma City and dedicated in 2000, the Oklahoma City National Memorial (official website) pays tribute to the victims lost in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Following the disaster, which took 168 lives, Oklahomans created makeshift memorials around the site of the bombing. Oklahomans in the months ahead continued to show support for victims by supporting the construction of a permanent memorial at the bomb site. President Bill Clinton designated the Oklahoma City National Memorial as part of the National Park System in 1997, and construction was completed in 2000.

Anthony Navetta and his family learned more about the attack when they visited the 30,000 square foot Memorial Museum. This museum takes visitors on a chronological, self-guided tour that details the days, weeks, months, and years leading up to and following the attack. Each section of the museum is broken up into chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Background on Terrorism
  • Chapter 2: History of the Site
  • Chapter 3A: The Hearing [featuring an audio recording of the blast]
  • Chapter 3B: Confusion
  • Chapter 4A: Chaos
  • Chapter 4B: Survivor Experiences
  • Chapter 5A: World Reaction
  • Chapter 5B: Rescue and Recovery [to demonstrate the rescue workers’ perspective]
  • Chapter 6: Watching and Waiting
  • Chapter 7A: Gallery of Honor
  • Chapter 7B: Funerals and Mourning
  • Chapter 8: Impact
  • Chapter 9: Behind the Scene: The OK Bomb Investigation
  • Chapter 10: Hope [which explains how the community has re-built]

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About anthonynavetta

A devoted U.S. traveler, Anthony Navetta most recently took his family to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, which honors the victims of the 1995 bombing. The symbolic outdoor memorial sits on the site of the former Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and provides 30,000 square feet of interactive learning materials that tell the stories of the of the terrorist attack. Anthony Navetta also enjoyed seeing the natural beauty of Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon, which he found awe-inspiring. When he traveled to Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite National Park, Anthony Navetta was thrilled to see that these sites maintained their beauty and contained wildlife that thrived. He particularly enjoyed Yosemite’s El Capitan rock formation, the Falls, and the camping ground Tuolumne Meadows. An avid runner, swimmer, biker, and member of the U.S. Triathlon and the Northwest Broward Roadrunners Club, Anthony Navetta attended the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1996. He vividly remembers watching Michael Johnson set the world record for the 200-meter dash. Anthony Navetta attended the event with family and friends and was happy to share his experience among loved ones. Anthony Navetta received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Fordham University, located in New York. He served as a Math Teacher at Loggers’ Run Middle School in Boca Raton, Florida, where he also coached the track team. Subsequently, he joined Don Estridge Middle School, acting as the Chairman of the Math Department and twice winning the Teacher of the Year Award. Anthony Navetta supports his professional pursuits by maintaining membership in various organizations, including the National Education Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
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