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Name Added to Survivor Wall

July 30, 2010

Fifteen years later, a survivor from the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building comes forward to add his name to the Survivor Wall on the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Terrance R. Pysh, GSA employee from Ft. Worth, Texas, was in the snack bar in the Murrah Building at 9;02 a.m., April 19, 1995, after a meeting with the building managers. Mr. Pysh also shares his personal experience to be added to the survivor story interactive exhibit in the Memorial Museum.

New additions to the Survivor Wall are reviewed and vetted by the Memorial Conscience Committee consisting of family members, survivors and rescue workers. The Survivor Definition that establishes the criteria of whose names are engraved on the Survivor Wall was determined in 1996, after months of consideration by the Survivor Definition Committee. The Survivor Wall is located on the east end of the Memorial on one of the only remaining walls of the Murrah Building. Today, more than 600 names are inscribed on salvaged pieces of granite from the Murrah Building lobby.

Greg Rand with Statewide Engraving in Ponca City, OK, generously donated his services for this addition and to enhance some of the original names on the Survivor Wall that might be less visible due to time. This historic symbolic element is a very important part of honoring, remembering and experiencing a moment and 15 years later at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

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