Remembering the Past

It's not oil and gas related, but today has significance in relation to two tragedies.

First, this is Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The Holocaust is so horrifying that it can almost seem unreal or impossible.  But sadly it did happen, and the United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims.  It's an opportunity to reflect on the millions who were slaughtered, and also to reflect on the stories of kindness and bravery about those who chose to rescue individuals targeted for extermination, even at the risk of their own lives.  The latter is reflected in the theme of the Holocaust Museum's 2012 Days of Remembrance observance, which is Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue.

Second, today marks the 17th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.  In the worst act of terrorism on United States soil prior to 9/11/01, 168 people were killed - including 19 children in a daycare center - and over 500 were injured when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was nearly completely destroyed by a bomb.  Services were held Thursday at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, which sits on the former site of the Murrah building.

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