Standoff in Waco

In their typically sensitive fashion, the ATF will have a quiet ceremony tomorrow:

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is unveiling a detailed wooden re-creation of the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993, the start of a standoff in Waco that proved to be one of the agency’s defining moments.

Four agents were shot to death and 79 people died in a massive blaze that capped a 51-day ordeal that captivated the nation, and to this day draws controversy.

Two identical balsa wood models, which  are about 4 feet  by 5 feet wide and took 18 months to build, were donated by architects , according to the ATF.

They are to be unveiled Wednesday and be displayed at the ATF’s Houston Division headquarters, as well as at the coming National Law  Enforcement Museum, in Washington, a project of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The agency noted that the display would not be public…you know, AFTER traveling to WDC to be seen by tens of thousands…but accessible only to visitors of the division:

“The model, intended as a tool to both educate the public and foster new generations of law enforcement, is fitted with LED lights marking 18 key positions on the compound property. Each light is activated by a button located around the model’s edge, in effect allowing it to be a self-narrating educational tool.”

Standoff in Waco

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