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[And Jesus Wept]

The tracks of our tears

This statue is located across the street from "The West Gate" at the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. (Click image for a larger pop-up, and click here to see the statue in a TIME photo essay.) "A tribute put up by a Catholic church across the street from the memorial [with a] stone wall contains empty recesses, one for each life lost in the bombing. Facing that wall, and turned away from the Murrah building, is a large, white statue of Jesus. His head is in his hands, and a tear marks his cheek. The inscription on the base of the statue says only: 'And Jesus Wept'. [link]"

The statue is also across the street from "The Fence". To this day visitors still bring notes, cards, flowers, stuffed animals, t-shirts, flags and other mementos for the victims and survivors. From the Bombing Memorial Visitor's Guide:

"The first fence was installed to protect the site of the Murrah Building. Almost immediately, people began to leave tokens of love and hope on the fence. These items now total more than 50,000 and are collected and preserved in our archives. Many of these items are now used for education purposes. The fence was moved to its current site by family members, survivors and rescue workers at the time of the ground breaking for the Memorial. Today, more than 200 feet of the original fence gives people the opportunity ot leave tokens of remembrance and hope."

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