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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