I love Oklahoma and Oklahoma City specifically. Not the least of which is because I was born here. But there are a number of reasons why I love this place and I am going to list a few. The last one has seared her in my heart having been here during that time. Today I, along with many others, commemorate those days. I preached a couple of the funerals of people killed and knew several others. April 19th will be in my heart forever.
My list includes some well known facts and some lesser known ones about "the City" as we know her. I write them for your enjoyment and to remind us all to be mindful of those who died that day in April of 1995.
Oklahoma City is currently the largest city in Oklahoma. Tulsa is second and Norman is third.
According to the 2000 census, OKC is the 30th largest in terms of population in the United States.
In land area, OKC is the 3rd largest in the nation behind Anchorage and Jacksonville.
The cost of living In Oklahoa City is the 2nd lowest in the nation.
Oklahoma City became the state's capital in 1910 when a petition garnered enough support to move it from Guthrie.
The Lee-Huckins Hotel served as the capitol building until 1917 when the current capitol was finished.
The capitol building at 23rd and Lincoln is the only capitol in the nation with an oil well under it.
Tinker Air Force Base is the 2nd largest military air depot in the nation.
The state of Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state.
The state of Oklahoma has more shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined.
The first ever parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City in 1935.
The first ever shopping cart was invented and used in Oklahoma City at Standard Food Markets in 1937.
The Oklahoma City THUNDER will take the LA Lakers to the seventh game in the first round of the NBA playoffs of 2010 and win the series by winning both OKC games and two of three of the final games. It will be a last second basket by Kevin Durant that takes the series. It is the first appearance of the THUNDER in the playoffs since moving from Seattle in 2009. It is the first of ten appearances in a row with the other nine coming up.
Finally and seriously, It is my birth city that came of age that day in 1995 and gave birth to a new spirit that causes those of us who are fortunate enough to live to here to recognize the privilage and are forever grateful for it.