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Facilities team takes pride in Oklahoma City memorial grounds.

Ben Luschen Published: July 29, 2013
James Sing of Midwest City places flags next to each of the chair monuments at the Oklahoma City bombing memorial on Monday, July 1, 2013. Photo by Aliki Dyer/The Oklahoman
James Sing of Midwest City places flags next to each of the chair monuments at the Oklahoma City bombing memorial on Monday, July 1, 2013. Photo by Aliki Dyer/The Oklahoman

The pressure that comes with maintaining Oklahoma’s most hallowed ground is not lost on the maintenance crew at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

“It’ll eat us up,” said James Sing. “We’ll sit there and text all night.”

Sing works alongside supervisor Mark Pool for the Facilities and Construction team at the memorial.

Pool arrived at the memorial only a year ago. He feels a unique attachment to the building and says he views his job here as “a way of giving back.”

Pool still remembers taking a field trip to the construction site of the AlfredP. MurrahFederalBuilding when he was in high school. He said he had friends who lost family members in the April 19, 1995 bombing, which resulted in the deaths of 168 people.

It’s a bond shared by many others.

“We were in here Christmas Day shoveling snow off the pathways,” Pool said. “Even Christmas Day, as bad as it was with the snowstorm and freezing winds, we still have visitors.”

Pool and Sing both receive many compliments from visitors on the memorial appearance. The pair have met visitors from all over the world.

“You come through Oklahoma, you come through here,” Sing said.

“We want them to come in and remember this place and be like, ‘Man, that place was beautiful,’” he said. “That’s our pride. When we walk away tonight, we want this place to look like the first day it was built.”

American flags stand next to each of the chair monuments at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum on July 1, 2013. The flags were placed by members of the memorial facilites staff in observance of Independence Day. Photo by Aliki Dyer, The Oklahoman
American flags stand next to each of the chair monuments at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum on July 1, 2013. The flags were placed by members of the memorial facilites staff in observance of Independence Day. Photo by Aliki Dyer, The Oklahoman