August 1, 2014

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Handprints of caring left behind

By Jim Langham

In the midst of one of the most destructive scenes to ever occur on American soil stands a small wall with colorful reminders of the love of children from around the world.

On one side of the wall are posters filled with handprints from children who wished to send their touching concern to all of those affected by the tragedy that occurred at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.

Other than the terrorist tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, the Oklahoma City blast was the most deadly to occur on American soil with the bomb snuffing out the lives of 168 people, including 19 children under the age of six. Three hundred and twenty-four buildings within a 16-block radius were damaged. There were 86 cars destroyed and glass was shattered in 258 nearby buildings.