The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was one of those events that you remember where you were on April 19, 1995, when that act of domestic terrorism happened. I’ve had the desire to stop every time I driven through OKC, but had never taken the time until last October during a leisurely trip through Oklahoma.
The Memorial is bounded by The Gates of Time –twin bronze gates frame the moment of destruction – 9:02 – and mark the formal entrances to the Outdoor Memorial. 9:01, found on the eastern gate, represents the last moments of peace before the blast.
The west gate is inscribed with 9:03 which is the minute that the rescuers began their recovery work.
The reflection pool between the gates represents the time of the blast.
The Field of Empty Chairs is arranged in nine rows, representing the nine floors of the building and the arrangement of chairs indicate the floor on which the victims were at the time of the blast. Five additional chairs are on the end, memorializing five victims who were outside the building.
The outside inscription on each gate and the museum is: “We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.”
It is indeed a moving memorial, remembering the 168 people, 19 of whom were children, who lost their lives on that tragic day.
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