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Oklahoma City National Memorial
Scenes from the Oklahoma City National Memorial.  Courtesy of NPS.
The Land Acquisition Section secured the site for a memorial in honor of the victims of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. On October 9, 1997, President Clinton signed legislation to create the Oklahoma City National Memorial, which opened its doors on April 19th 2000, the fifth anniversary of the bombing. The site is managed by the National Park Service in partnership with other private organizations, including the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation and the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism.

Oklahoma City National Memorial website

Did you know? An American Elm on the north side of the Memorial survived the blast of the bombings despite many of its branches being ripped off. While many people thought the tree would not survive, it began to bloom again a year after the bombing. Known today as the Survivor Tree, the tree has become an emblem of the National Memorial.

 

Last Updated: October 2010