9:03

19Mar09
At 9:02 am CST on April 19, 1995 a fertilizer bomb in a Ryder truck was detonated in front of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The blast destroyed 1/3 of the Murrah building, damaged over 300 buildings in the surrounding area, and killed 168 people including 19 children. On April 19, 2000 the Oklahoma City Memorial was dedicated by President Clinton. The memorial is made up of two gates depicting the minute before and the minute after the bomb exploded. Inside the gates is a reflecting pool representing 9:02, the moment of the explosion. There are 168 bronze chairs, one for everyone person killed, which are supposed to represent the empty chair at family dinner tables. The chairs for the children are smaller than those for the adults. Across from the chairs is an American elm known as the Survivor Tree. It survived the blast and became a symbol of the strength and resilience of the people of Oklahoma. Arborists were brought in to make sure the tree was taken care of and no further damage was done to it. For more information on the memorial go to their website.
This is a photo of the 9:03 gate. The bronze chairs can be seen on the left, the Survivor Tree is to the right just out of view.
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