I had the opportunity (before heading to the airport) to stop and see the Oklahoma City National Memorial. This very serene and beautiful area helps to commemorate the lives of the people who lost their lives and the people who rescued and cared for so many. These gates represent the times between the explosion.
While walking through the outdoor symbolic memorial, I experienced the reflecting pool (to help soothe wounds, the field of empty chairs (represents each of the people who died), and the survivor tree.
It was very emotional to see this lovely memorial and it made me think of the horror that so many people go through, especially our students. I truly believe that learning about the events that people experience will help us gain compassion for our neighbors. I searched for some videos on unitedstreaming and found a few that relate not only to this bombing, but also Oklahoma. Take a look at these videos with your students
April 19, 1995: The Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building, Oklahoma City (05:16) Rescue Dogs. United Learning. 1997.
Football; Texas/Oklahoma Game (01:13) Video Yearbook Collection: 1950. United Learning. 2004.
Understanding Tornadoes: The Storm Prediction Center and Stormchasers (03:54) Understanding: Weather. Discovery Channel School. 2000.