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Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is a 3.3 acre (13,000 m?) outdoor sanctuary visited by more than half a million people annually and dedicated to the 168 people, 19 of them children, killed in April 19, 1995 when the Alfred P. Murrah Building, a United States Government complex, was bombed. The grounds are open both day and night and the impact of that event would be felt forever. As can be read in the Memorial, it stands to "offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity."

The Memorial and Museum is dedicated to educating visitors about the consequences of violence, informing about events surrounding the bombing, and inspiring hope and healing through lessons learned by those affected. April 19, 1995 was one of the darkest days in Oklahoma City's history. When you visit Oklahoma City National Memorial, you will see 168 empty chairs, the same number of lives lost that day. A part of the fence of the makeshift memorial that stood for five years before the new grounds was built is filed with letters, photos, flowers and more, left by survivors and visitors.

The National Memorial was established on October 9, 1997 by President Bill Clinton through the signing of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Act of 1997 and was formally dedicated on April 19, 2000, the fifth anniversary of the bombing. The museum was dedicated on February 19, 2001. Visitors can watch video accounts of the bombing, those lost and the heroes who risked life and limb to help the injured. The museum also exhibits a display of photos and personal effects of those lost in the bombing, the detective process that solved the case, the trial and the healing of Oklahoma City.
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