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On August 7th 1998, a group of terrorists used a car bomb to blow up the then United States Embassy located at the corner of Moi and Haile Selassie Avenues, causing the deaths of 218 innocent people and injuring thousands of others.
The Memorial Park comprises a landscaped garden, a wall commemorating the names of those who died, a sculpture made from the debris of the blast and a Visitors Centre, the latter financed by a donation from USAID.
The Visitors Centre stands at the site of Ufundi House, a building that used to stand next to the Embassy, and which took the full force of the blast. It was completed in the year 2004. Considerable courage was shown by the victims, survivors and rescuers and there are many stories of acts of heroism by numerous individuals, with survivors still being picked from the wreckage many days later.
The August 7th Memorial Park is now a unique and serene place that stands at the site of the former American Embassy. It is a place where we remember the day in Kenyan history when terrorists used a car bomb to blow up the American Embassy and also destroyed other neighboring buildings in the process.
Today, the Memorial Park has a beautiful garden where people come to reflect, remember, and relax. The park also has a peace centre where we can learn about the importance of living in harmony with our neighbors and the need to condemn acts of violence so that peace may prevail.