In April of 1996 my husband and I went to the site of the Oklahoma City bombing to leave flowers and pay respects. My husband was a military firefighter and had volunteered to go help with search and rescue when the bombing happened.
It was a very overcast day and rather cold for April. We were standing at the fence that had been constructed. The fence was covered with flowers and photos of those who had been killed in the bombing. There was a very sobering feeling and eerie silence there.
As we were standing there a beautiful red headed girl was to the right of us and as we got closer to her, she glanced my way and looked back at the fence. Soon I was standing right beside her. I heard her start to cry so I looked over at her. At first I thought something mentally was wrong with her. She had a very very "Vacant" look to her... A "there" but NOT "there" look. She says to me as she looks back at the fence. "It was a horrible thing that happened here." My reply to her was, "Yes...so sad" then she looked at my husband and said, "Why do you look so familiar?" He said, "I don't know, I live in Illinois." She went on along the fence and so did we.
After a minute or so I looked back to see if she was still along the fence, but she wasn't so I went on. A few minutes later as we are still looking along the fence my husband stopped in his tracks. His face turned white and all he could do was point. There on the fence among all the hundreds of photos and flowers was a homemade poster that read, "We miss you everyday"...and a photo of the girl we just talked to. We both had to stand there a few minutes to gain our composure. It was ABSOLUTELY the same girl... I had noticed a small scar on her eyebrow when talking to her and the photo had the same scar. We were both so distraught that we had to leave the site.
I will never forget the beautiful redhead girl, nor all the photos I saw that day. My husband for years afterward had nightmares about the time he spent volunteering in the days after the bombing.