21st Annual Student Essay Contest

We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.
— Memorial Mission Statement

The Memorial’s Mission Statement was created by a 350-member task force that was brought together by an unspeakable act of terrorism. On April 19, 1995, 168 individuals were killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Within months, survivors, family members, first responders and community members united to create the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Creating the Memorial and Museum

Instead of letting this horrific act of violence divide us, it brought people together. Everyone united to ensure all those impacted were supported and those responsible were brought to justice. The Memorial and Museum continues to teach us about the power of resilience and that the world holds far more good than evil.

The education committee at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is deeply interested in hearing how individuals or communities have shown strength and resilience to overcome challenges or tragedies.

Students in grades 5-12 may participate and are eligible to win a cash prize and be recognized at a ceremony in April 2022.

Nearly 300 essays from across the United States were submitted in last year’s essay contest. Winning essays came from students in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Florida.



Made possible through the generous support of Stella Nova.

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