“Located just south of the Field of Empty Chairs, above the underground parking garage, is the raised Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Plaza. The plaza was an original part of the federal building, and contained garden and seating areas, as well as the second floor daycare playground. Visitors to the Memorial may still access the plaza, and the flagpole from which flies the American flag is the original flagpole that was in place on April 19, 1995.”
Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_P._Murrah_Federal_Building
*Primary image attribution for photographs of search and rescue activities on 19 April 1995 is to AP photographers whose works appear as part of a photo series at NWITIMES.com and which can be accessed at the link below. Image of the children’s playground courtesy National Park Service. To the extent that images of children killed in the Murrah Building bombing as well as other images are not otherwise attributed these are used pursuant to open-source and/or non-commercial fair use standards. The biographical content that accompanies each of the children’s photos accompanies a photo spread in a 15 May 1995 People Magazine cover story by Bill Hewitt titled “April Mourning.” Composite images are creations of this author.
NWITIMES Gallery, “remembering the Oklahoma City Bombing”:
Following is excerpted, without edit, from Robert Dvorchak. Day Care Disaster ‘Beyond Comprehension.’ AP News. 26 April 1995.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ At 7 a.m., children began arriving at the America’s Kids day care center, their parents kissing them goodbye before heading off to work.
Twenty-one children were dropped off April 19. When owner Melva Noakes telephoned at 8:50 a.m., four babies _ all less than a year old _ had been tucked into cribs next to a window.
The older kids were finishing breakfast in their classrooms. Honeynut Cheerios, peaches and milk were most in demand. Other kids had eggs, toast and jelly.
Then, at 9:02 a.m., 4,800 pounds of explosives detonated outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
Blast waves slammed into the day care center on the second floor. The top seven floors collapsed onto the center in a smoking heap.