April 18, 2017 -- Eastern Gate (9:01 am)
This week (April 19) is the 22nd anniversary of the tragic bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. All my daily posts this week will be in honor of this anniversary. The bombing occurred on April 19, 1995.
If you're ever in the Oklahoma City area, you NEED to take the time to visit this museum and it's self-guided tour. Be sure to have a good supply of tissues.
The Eastern Gate with Field of Chairs on the right, at Oklahoma City National Memorial in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This memorial & museum honor the lives lost in the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.
Monumental twin gates frame the moment of destruction – 9:02 a.m. – and mark the formal entrances to the Memorial. The East Gate represents 9:01 a.m. on April 19, and the innocence of the city before the attack. The West Gate represents 9:03 a.m., the moment we were changed forever, and the hope that came from the horror in the moments and days following 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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