The 20-year bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City is upon us. I distinctively remember where and what I was doing that fateful day for our country April 19, 1995. At the time little did I know what a lasting impact it would make on me as well as later visiting the memorial after moving 90 minutes away from the bombing site to Enid, Okla.
On April 19, 2005 a newspaper columnist Jeff Mullin and I traveled to OKC to cover the 10-year anniversary. Inside the memorial are 168 customized chairs representing those who lost their lives, in which some chairs are smaller in size for those children taken all too soon.
Below are images I captured. I decided to display them in black & white as to me a more powerful medium to convey such a sorrowful day in the lives of those remembering their lost loved ones. Only one image is in color to represent hope. It’s hard to believe another 10 years has slipped away since that day etched in my mind. It’s harder to believe what an individual will do in the name of hate.
On a side note, four years after the bombing I would be covering the Columbine High School tragedy also on April 19.