Lessons Learned

The Healing Process Is Never Fully Complete

April 19, 1995, a shocked and grieving community found itself enveloped with the collective love and support of our entire nation – and many others from around the world. As symbolized by the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial’s West Gate, the healing began at 9:03 a.m., when moments after the explosion, co-workers, friends, families and strangers ran into the crumbling building to help, hold the wounded and save lives.

And healing continues today, through the ongoing spirit of guardianship and compassion shown to the Memorial and those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever.

Survivor Polly Nichols talks about how healing never ends and too many suffer alone.

Still today, the Memorial hosts family member, survivor, and rescue worker reunions and events both locally and online. Many from these groups also attend the annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and speak to Museum visitors in First Person: Stories of Hope programs.

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