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the moment after...

Here, a little over 16 years ago, a vile, evil, misguided fool did an unspeakable horror. 168 people perished... they were grandparents... mothers and fathers... brothers and sisters... sons and daughters... and even infants not weaned from their mother's breast. I'll not speak his name, it deserves to die as he did...put down like the rabid dog he was.

When this happened the community responded as one. There were many stories of individual heroics... stories of friends and neighbors, businesses, and rescue squads from all over, stopping what they were doing and giving their all in the rescue and recovery effort. There were also many stories of great sorrow.

In the moments after seeing man at his worst... we saw him at his best and there was hope. it was decided a memorial should be built to honor the fallen. its mission statement is below.

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.

[link]

Off image opposite of 9:03 stands another Gate of Time labeled 9:01 The moment before...when, if asked, we would have said as one, "It could never happen here."

Well, at 9:02 am it did happen. Violence, ignorance and intolerance were served upon us. A certain naivety was shed in that moment to be replaced by determination to rebuild... to teach...to honor the memories of those gone.

lol, I just meant to post a picture of the memorial with a short descriptor. I find I can not do so.

The following is a Pulitzer Prize winning image from this tragedy. To this day I can not look at this image for more than one second before feeling a wail beginning to form in my throat. Be warned. it is not for the faint at heart.

Know and understand... This is what ignorance and violence begets.

[link]

Teach your children well.

:peace:
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:iconbuddylicious:
Buddylicious Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Love your urban works! Great eye for detail!!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
my thanks Buddy!
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:iconbuddylicious:
Buddylicious Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My thanks to you for sharing!
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erene Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Amazing reflections, great composition!
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you Erene! :heart:
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erene Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
My pleasure :)
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Enkased Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
wonderful work, and a great tribute.
these two works should serve as an education to the cold and hollow.

Maybe One Day They Will Wake Up and See The World Around Them.

keep on going...
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you brother... not a place I like to consider but one must visit it to remember.

...and you said it man, maybe one day. :peace:
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Enkased Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
:nod:
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:iconcandysamuels:
candysamuels Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:hug:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
:heart:
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I was just watching this heart felt video, then remembered your wonderful photography of this place and had a feeling you would be submitting something beautiful today....:love:
so i thought i would come over to offer comfort to the people it has effected... [link]
thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma City,
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
what a wonderful video Donna... thank you for sharing. :)
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:iconbrightstar2:
BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
you are welcome,
:nod: it is a beautiful video, very touching
and it goes with your photos beautifully
which looks stunning at night by the way...:love:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
well thank you :)
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Gooregan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I remember the day.
That is a terrible picture.
Not yours, the one you linked.
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
it truly is... it's like being punched in the face and gut at the same time.
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kokinomala Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
so beautiful:)
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you very much! :)
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kokinomala Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
you are most welcome:huggle:
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Rjet33 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Very well said! I thought it was a terrorist attack. I remember the shock, the anger, and the tears when I found out it was one of our own. So very, very sad.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you and yep it surely was.
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Rjet33 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
You're Welcome! :)
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Justmary15 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
Couldn't look, dear friend. Couldn't bring myself to relive that day any more than I can look at images of 9/11 without feeling that terrible sense of loss - our vulnerability revealed to the world, to ourselves. I changed on 9/11, the way I look at the world, people around me - that I know or don't know- These two days were days that changed all of us.

It is a beautiful image you shared above. I am sorry I have been away from here for so long and missed seeing it on the anniversary.

Mary
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
it's an image that scars to be sure.

thank you much Mary... and good to see you around btw.
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eocjtlels Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
[link]

an interesting, and frightening, article about the real terrorism in this country. while the media focuses on outside threats, things like this will keep on happening
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks for the link Ruby... an interesting read.

it really should be be against the law to be an ignorant moron.
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eocjtlels Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
it really should be but who will decide :lol:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
alol

why me of course!
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work with the shutter speed. Ironicaly when I googled 9:03 I come up with the the twin towers in NYC.
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
no way... was it really that time?

oh and thank you.
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That's what came up on Google.
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Lerocque Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Beautiful photo :heart: Hard to imagine that such an awful tragedy took place here while viewing the serenity in this picture.
I still remember that day well. :(
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you LeAnne :)
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:iconkayjensen:
kayjensen Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
very nice picture.. great atmoshphere.. looks warm
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you Kay... I'm pretty sure it was still 95F then.
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kayjensen Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
hehe what will that means in degrees?
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
it was about ten at night and it was 35C.
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:iconkayjensen:
kayjensen Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
ahh, so i had right yes? ;) :D
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
lol, very much so!
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:iconkayjensen:
kayjensen Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
:D
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Very sad story:(
Thank u for sharing dear Denis:huggle:
:peace:
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you dear Rezzan.
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davejsy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Light will always cut through the dark D.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
I hope and suspect you are right D!
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Heylormammy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow :tears:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
pretty much.
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lovelivecreate Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I remember this so well. I was living in Hawaii so I woke up to it already happening. I remember holding my new born son and just crying at what was going on. Thank you for the image and giving me time to pause and remember.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
my oldest was about the same size as the poor kid in the fireman's arms. I'm pretty sure that's why I still can't look at that one.
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lovelivecreate Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I went to look and it hit me again. That image is so strong. My oldest was 6 months old. But you really captured a wonderful image where so much pain was. Part of healing.
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