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Oklahoma City remembrance ceremony will move indoors

Oklahoma City remembrance ceremony officials cite the possibility of poor weather and wet grounds for decision to move Murrah Bombing anniversary event indoors.
BY BRYAN PAINTER bpainter@opubco.com Modified: April 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm •  Published: April 19, 2013
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As the names are called, the doors will be opened for families and friends to walk across the street and gather at the memorial's Field of Empty Chairs.

Watkins said extra security will be present Friday. Gov. Mary Fallin offered the assistance of some Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers, and national memorial officials accepted. The event always includes security from several jurisdictions.

“We have extra help from the Oklahoma City Police Department,” Watkins said. “We always have plenty of help from the Oklahoma City police and others.”

The remembrance ceremony is a public event, and Watkins said First United Methodist Church “has been so grateful and always so willing to help us and has been a partner in this process since day one. They have bent over backward to accommodate us.”

This is the third time it has been moved inside because of weather, Watkins said. On the 10th anniversary, the remembrance ceremony was held inside because of security with former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Dick Cheney attending.


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