I was 14 in May of 1995 when the Oklahoma City Bombing happened. I don’t remember much about that event but I do remember two striking things that have stuck with my for years.
1) In the immediate confusion and aftermath of the event, I remember that the first assumption was that we had been attacked by a foreign born terrorist. Specifically an Arab one. I even remember several acts of retaliation against Arabs in Kansas taking place due to the racism and misinformation.
2) Timothy McVeigh bought the fertilizer from the Mid-Kansas Farmers Co-op in McPherson, Ks. The Mid-Kansas C0-op in my hometown of Goessel has a storehouse that distributes to a number of area Co-ops, including McPherson. This means that the fertilizer used in the bombing probably came through my home town at one point.
This last weekend Katie and I went to Oklahoma City for a little weekend getaway. One of the places that we stopped by was the Bombing Memorial site. It was the first time that I’ve ever been to the Memorial. Of the various memorials that I’ve been to I would place this one right up with the Vietnam Memorial in terms of respectfully and contemplatively remembering the dead. Pictures say it better than I can. Enjoy.