When I was in Oklahoma City, this week, I visited the memorial and was able to finally meet the director face to face, not missing the opportunity to mention my book about the event and the days that followed, but also asking about the changes being made at the museum. Those enhancements are both extensive and expensive, but they will undoubtedly keep the place relevant and alive in the memories of many, and meaningful to those who are too young to remember it first hand. She invited my wife and me to visit the exhibits, and she comped us two tickets so we could see the changes in progress for ourselves. As always and without a doubt, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is world class!
Without too much in review, I taught a group of second graders, at the time, just four miles from the terrorist bombing site at the Murrah Federal Building. We felt it. We heard it. We spent weeks talking about it. Since that time, I have written a book, entitled Crumbling Spirit, to share those same experiences, only the story is told through the diary entries of a 10-year-old girl named Julia.