Today is the 22nd Anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Buildiing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
This photo is from the "Field of Chairs" at the memorial, highlighting one chair that some family member has decorated in memory of a loved-one lost in the bombing.
The Field of 168 Empty chairs lies within the footprint of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Each empty chair is etched with a name of a victim to stand as a reminder of the innocent lives that were lost. The emptiness of the chair expresses a sense of absence. There are five western chairs, separated from the larger group, represent those not inside the building, but who lost their lives as a direct result. The other 163 chairs are arranged in a pattern of nine rows according to the floors of the building. Each persons chair is then listed in alphabetical order according to the agency in which they worked or were visiting. The glass base of each chair illuminates at night emphasizing the individual's name.The light delivers comfort from and eliminates the fear of the darkness. As a unit the empty chairs are arranged to represent the damage done to the building, with the highest concentration of chairs near the center of the footprint to symbolically fill in the damage done to the building by the bomb. And, as you look out over the field, you will notice two sizes of chairs. The large chairs represent the adults and the smaller chairs the nineteen children whose lives were taken. Again, reminding us all of the impact this bombing had on this community and this nation.
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