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Remembering April 19

K.T. King Modified: April 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm •  Published: April 23, 2014
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I was just four when the bomb detonated and took the lives of 168 of our own.

I was learning to read, learning to tie my shoes and probably still watching “Thomas the Tank Engine” reruns, but I still have memories of that day, the first thing I can really remember.

The memory of that day is brief for me, but I’m thankful for that. I never had nightmares, I never had to feel the pain. I didn’t lose anyone that day. But, growing up in Oklahoma, April 19, 1995 is not a day to be forgotten.

Saturday, 19 years after the blast, I photographed the memorial ceremony along with staff photographer Jim Beckel. The heartfelt ceremony and moments of remembrances shared by the families who lost loved ones is another memory, that I know I’ll never forget.

Members of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps stand on the east end of the Reflecting Pool during the ceremony.  The Sea Cadets posted the colors at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Members of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps stand on the east end of the Reflecting Pool during the ceremony. The Sea Cadets posted the colors at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Larry Dillow pauses for a moment to remember his daughter Kim Cousins at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Larry Dillow pauses for a moment to remember his daughter Kim Cousins at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman

Larry Dillow pauses for a moment to remember his daughter Kim Cousins at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman

Cory Shepherd holds his 17 months-old son, Corbin, as he walks among the Field of Empty Chairs after the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Shepherd, of Newcastle, came to the ceremony with his wife, whose aunt, Kathy Finley, was killed in the Federal Employees Credit Union at the time of the explosion.   Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Cory Shepherd holds his 17 months-old son, Corbin, as he walks among the Field of Empty Chairs after the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Shepherd, of Newcastle, came to the ceremony with his wife, whose aunt, Kathy Finley, was killed in the Federal Employees Credit Union at the time of the explosion. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Cory Shepherd holds his 17 months-old son, Corbin, as he walks among the Field of Empty Chairs after the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Shepherd, of Newcastle, came to the ceremony with his wife, whose aunt, Kathy Finley, was killed in the Federal Employees Credit Union at the time of the explosion. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Members of the Oklahoma Fire Pipes and Drums walk through one of the Gates of Time at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Members of the Oklahoma Fire Pipes and Drums walk through one of the Gates of Time at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Former Oklahoma City police chaplain Jack Poe holds his hand over his heart during the reading of the names at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Former Oklahoma City police chaplain Jack Poe holds his hand over his heart during the reading of the names at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Zackary Kirkham, 13 of Sparks, Okla. and a member of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corp, covers his face as he sits on the steps while the names of the victims were read at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Zackary Kirkham, 13 of Sparks, Okla. and a member of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corp, covers his face as he sits on the steps while the names of the victims were read at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Marlee Mae Hill, 15 months old, of Midwest City, looks at the chair memorializing Baylee Almon after the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Hill is a second cousin to Baylee Almon.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Marlee Mae Hill, 15 months old, of Midwest City, looks at the chair memorializing Baylee Almon after the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Hill is a second cousin to Baylee Almon. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

 

-KT King