15 Years Later

I visited friends in Oklahoma City last weekend, which happened to be the 15 year anniversary of the federal building bombing. We attended the memorial service on the morning of the 19th and then returned later that evening for some night shots. The museum and memorial grounds are really well-done, and a powerful reminder of that tragic event. I was very impressed with the amount of thought and care that went into the planning of each detail.

Hundreds gather as the names of the victims are read by family members.

168 chairs represent the vicitims: they are arranged according to the floors they were on when they died. 19 of the chairs are smaller than the rest - these are for the children who died in the daycare. All of the chairs stand in the footprint of the Murrah building.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (right) follows in a processional led by bagpipes.

Written by rescue workers on the wall behind the Murrah Building, this reads, "4-19-95. We search for the truth. We seek justice. The courts require it. The victims cry for it. And God demands it!"

A reflecting pool is positioned between two gates: one symbolizes the minute before the explosion, 9:01, and the other symbolizes the minute after, 9:03.


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