Sunday, April 19, 2009

MUTE MONDAY - OUTRAGE. I'm still outraged 14 years later. My cousin was one of those firefighters. My building rocked like a rocking chair.

MM MURRAHx-11 MM MURRAHx MM MURRAHx-1 MM MURRAHx-2 MM MURRAHx-3 MM MURRAHx-4 MM MURRAHx-5 MM MURRAHx-6 MM MURRAHx-8MM MURRAHx-7 MM MURRAHx-9

17 comments:

moi said...

Oh man. That's right. Today is the anniversary. A true outrage, if ever there was one.

TROLL Y2K said...

Stunning. I don't think anyone will best this as Mute-Monday-Of-The-Week. REALLY fits the theme and outstanding choices!

Happy Mute Monday!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Outstanding post of a terrible day.

icando26.2 said...

deafeningly poignant . . .

icando26.2 said...

I was 3 blocks away on that fateful morning. It is indelibly marked in my mind and always will be.

Aunty Belle said...

Oh Mercy!! Dear Heavens --this is the winner--true outrage. So glad youse not "in memoriam".

Happy MM

pamokc said...

Moi: The sad thing is, every year that goes by it is easier to forget the anniversary.

Trolly2k (trolly, i like that!): and to think I was having trouble coming up with a theme until I remembered the date.

Sarah: Girl, how are you with that bad ol' cough?

Susan: Deafening is right. I'll never forget the sound of it. Where was your office? I remember running into Eric & Tom on the elevator on my way out of the building when they were evacuating downtown.

Auntie: I'm glad to not be "in memorium" too. 168 are. But if you were in OKC that day, you were victimized, trust me.

Boxer said...

This was yours to tell. I remember where I was standing when the news came over the radio... I can't imagine living so close to the terror. I know your entire city was "bombed" that day and it's a testimony to the collective strength of O.C that you've healed.... as much as anyone can who lost a loved one.

Loz said...

These are the things we must never forget. In Australia we remember things like the Port Arthur massacre and wonder at what type of person can murder innocents in cold blood. Whilst that was not on this scale the evil is the same but without the death penalty our perpetrator is still alive.

Vixen said...

Very sad. And you are absolutely right- "OUTRAGE".

:(

Buzz Kill said...

I don't think there's anything that can stir more rage than terrorism. Stirring images too.

Kiki said...

That horrible domestic terrorist is from my neck of the woods. Absolutely senseless.

Kudos to your cousin for being a firefighter. I LOVE firefighters :)

icando26.2 said...

I was on the 25th floor of First Oklahoma Tower -- I could see the Murrah Building out of my window. I remember I was talking to my Mom on the phone when the explosion occurred. It felt and sounded like the explosion was in my building. I thought that the floor was going to go out from underneath me . . . I was terrified. We all walked down 25 flights to the street and there were people just running around everywhere. We walked towards the Murrah building, but people were running in the opposite direction saying that they found another bomb. I just wanted to run to my car, get out of downtown as fast as I could and pick up Christopher from school and take him home. I remember being glued to the television for days . . . We didn't return to work until the following week. Everyone was frozen with fear and sadness. And then when we did return to our office we were afraid the building wasn't constructurally sound. We all jumped at the slightest noise. It took quite a while before there was any normalcy in our lives.

Ree said...

I remember standing in front of the television - in shock - watching the scene.

Done by "our own". Outrageous, to be sure.

Happy MM.

pamokc said...

Susan, painful to this day, isn't it? I remember when it went off, the building (Liberty) rocked back and forth and back into place again -- I could feel it moving under my feet. We could see the Murrah building too. In fact, we first thought it was the federal courthouse but was counting the buildings .. courthouse, old post office, murrah building ...and I remember being the one to say no wait, it IS the Murrah building. And I remember we saw the News 9 helicopter coming toward downtown, so we all ran into the conference room to see what they broadcast, and I remember that first scene of the smoke clearing enough to see that half the building was gone. One of my most vivid memories is the loads of work papers that were floating on top of that black cloud of smoke. **sigh**sad**

Thanks everyone for the comments.

pamokc said...

Loz: I hadn't heard of the Port Arthur guy so looked it up ... sounds like they are all cut from the same cloth, doesn't it. I don't know how you could predict who will go off the rails like that. So sad.

Bear said...

I agree... outrageous.