19th memorial of Oklahoma City Bombing that killed 168, injured hundreds, changed lives forever

OKLAHOMA CITY - On Saturday many Oklahomans spent their day honoring victims, survivors and families of the Oklahoma City Bombing. 

Today marks 19 years since a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The truck was filled with multiple explosives and at 9:02 a.m. the explosion went off. It took off the entire north side of the building and killed 168 people. 

The building was demolished on May 23, 1995 and replaced with a memorial and museum to honor the victims, survivors and rescue workers. 

Each piece of the memorial represents something from that tragic day in 1995, according to the Oklahoma City National Bombing website. The Gates of Time wall, which shows 9:01 on the east gate to represent the innocence before the bomb, and 9:03 on the west side to represent the destruction after the bomb. The Reflecting Pool provides calm waters to help heal wounds and allow people to reflect on that tragic day. The Field of Empty Chairs represents those killed in the bombing. There are 168 empty chairs, including 19 small chairs. The chairs are lined in nine rows to represent the nine floors of the building. The Survivor Wall is the only wall left from the Murrah Building. The wall represents those who survived during the bombing.

The memorial also contains The Survivor Tree, Rescuers' Orchard, Children's Area and The Fence. To learn more about the symbolism of the memorial click here.

Today a moment of silence was held for 168 seconds, the number of people killed during the bombing. All U.S. and Oklahoma flags are at half-staff through the weekend by order of the Governor. 


Print this article Back to Top