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.®
The Gates of Time mark the entrance to the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The east Gate represents the final minute of innocence before the bombing at 9:02 on the morning of April 19, 1995.
A portion of the fence erected after the bombing even now remains a place of remembrance for visitors to the site.
In one horrifying moment, death and destruction overwhelmed a pleasant spring day in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. In a flash, 168 people going about their lives in or near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building were dead. Dedicated five years later, the Oklahoma City National Memorial remains a place of serenity where once horror dominated.
On this Memorial Day weekend, may we remember we are all soldiers in the fight against terrorism and honor those who died in this war. We honor the fallen and ask the Lord’s blessings to all who continue to fight for freedom against tyranny.
The bronze and stone chairs in the Field of Empty Chairs symbolize the 168 lives lost in the bombing. These include 19 smaller chairs for the children lost in the terrorist attack. Arranged in nine rows for each of the Federal Building’s floors, the base of each chair bears the name of a victim.
Two granite slabs salvaged from the Murrah Building lobby, attached to the remaining walls of the building on the east side of the Memorial, honor the more than 600 survivors of the bombing attack.
Beautiful and haunting, the Memorial allows for solemn reflection on the tragedy and the resilience to recover.
The west Gate of Time marks the moment of change in all our lives as 9:03 glows in the reflecting pool that runs along what was once N.W. Fifth Street and connects both Gates.
Photographs taken May 23, 2012 in Oklahoma City during the Big 12 Baseball Championship.