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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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/articleid/3787393/1/pictures/2020872">Photo - Wendy Lindsey huddles with her son, Weston, 7, covering him with her jacket while visiting the memorial Thursday morning. Wendy brought Weston and another son, Morgan, to the memorial during a visit to Oklahoma City from their home in Lincoln, AR. Predicted cold temperatures and other weather factors prompted officials to move Friday's ceremony commemorating the 18th anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building to an indoor venue near the Oklahoma City National Memorial in downtown Oklahoma City.    Photo  by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. <strong>Jim Beckel - THE OKLAHOMAN</strong>
Wendy Lindsey huddles with her son, Weston, 7, covering him with her jacket while visiting the memorial Thursday morning. Wendy brought Weston and another son, Morgan, to the memorial during a visit to Oklahoma City from their home in Lincoln, AR. Predicted cold temperatures and other weather factors prompted officials to move Friday's ceremony commemorating the 18th anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building to an indoor venue near the Oklahoma City National Memorial in downtown Oklahoma City. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. Jim Beckel - THE OKLAHOMAN

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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