Memorial Honors 9/11, OKC Victims
OC is the only site in the world outside of New York City to have survivor trees from the Murrah Building and the World Trade Center side by side. The university dedicated the new memorial in April. The area is located just west of the Mabee Learning Center. Dr. Brad Robison, president of 419 Outreach and OC’s former library director, spoke at the ceremony along with Ronaldo Vega, director of design and construction of the National September 11 Memorial.
The visiting New York delegation also included World Trade Center survivors, rescue workers, and a police officer from Nassau County, N.Y. They brought the cutting from the World Trade Center tree and a cross cut from steel from the North Tower.
As part of the remembrance, a New York state flag flew with the Oklahoma and U.S. flags on the pole at the front of campus. Ralph and Maxine Harvey also made it possible for the university to fly 168 Oklahoma flags and 168 U.S. flags adjacent to the Memorial Road campus entrance. The Murrah Building bombing claimed 168 lives on April 19, 1995.
View more stories from the Fall 2012 issue of Vision magazine.