Time hasn’t healed all wounds

Darla Slipke The Oklahoman

The walls in the front room of Susan Ferrell’s home are painted lavender, the same as they were when she fell in love with the house more than 20 years ago.

Decorative pottery from New Mexico, some filled with sand from her travels, and braided sweetgrass, which is revered as a sacred plant by some American Indian tribes, adorn the fireplace mantel.

Don and Sally Ferrell pictured in their daughter's, Susie Ferrell's, home. Photo by Sarah Phipps

Don and Sally Ferrell pictured in their daughter’s, Susie Ferrell’s, home. Photo by Sarah Phipps

Sitting near a book of Japanese fairytales in the study is a collection of prose by Alice Walker with a bookmark tucked between the pages, like Ferrell would come home tomorrow and keep reading.

Some details around the house have changed over the years – Ferrell’s tan Honda Accord decked with bumper stickers is gone from the garage and her family has given away many of her books and belongings. Still, other aspects of the home remain the way they were when Ferrell walked out the door for work on April 19, 1995.

For families like her parents, Don and Sally Ferrell of Chandler, the pain lingers 20 years after a bomb exploded in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, resulting in the death of Susan Ferrell and 167 other people. A city and state that were devastated by the horrific event have worked to grieve and heal, but the bombing has left a permanent mark. The legacy of those who died will never be forgotten. Twenty years later, there are survivors and people who lost loved ones, co-workers and friends who remain in an emotional struggle that doesn’t answer to time. Read More »

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Oklahoma City marks 20th anniversary of bombing at memorial

Darla Slipke The Oklahoman

For a series of articles on the original news coverage of the bombing and its aftermath, please click here.

Emotions overwhelmed Helena Garrett as she stood at a lectern near the reflecting pool at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and struggled to say her son’s name.

“My baby,” she said and paused, bowing her head and grasping the lectern when the emotions were too much, before continuing.

Helena Garrett and her daughter, Sharonda Garrett, stand at the chair honoring son and brother Tevin D’Aundrae Garrett, on Sunday after the ceremony. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman 

Helena Garrett and her daughter, Sharonda Garrett, stand at the chair honoring son and brother Tevin D’Aundrae Garrett, on Sunday after the ceremony. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“Tevin D’Aundrae Garrett.”

Bound by a common loss, sons, daughters, parents, siblings, survivors and others, read the names Sunday of the 168 people who died as a result of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Hundreds of people gathered where the building once stood, and many more watched from home, during a 20th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony to honor those who died in one of the largest acts of terrorism in the nation’s history. As they remembered, they also celebrated the city’s resiliency and response in the face of what was described as unspeakable horror. Read More »

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On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center’s Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower

David W. Dunlap New York Times

The elevators to the observatory atop 1 World Trade Center show an animated time lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline, from the 1500s to today. By Reuben Hernandez on April 19, 2015.

An imposingly realistic vision of the old 1 World Trade Center, the ultimately doomed north tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the five special elevators servicing the observatory atop the new 1 World Trade Center.

From the moment the doors close until they reopen 47 seconds later on the 102nd floor, a seemingly three-dimensional time-lapse panorama will unfold on three walls of the elevator cabs, as if one were witnessing 515 years of history unfolding at the tip of Manhattan Island.

For less than four seconds (roughly proportional to the time the twin towers stood), jarringly familiar pinstripe facades will loom into view on one wall of the cab. Then, in a quick dissolve, they will evanesce.

There would have been no way around September 11, 2001, said David W. Checketts, the chairman and chief executive of Legends Hospitality, the company chosen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2013 to operate the three-level observatory. Read More »

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