The Edmond Sun

April 18, 2013

Bombing anniversary ceremony moves indoors

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — Inhospitable weather predicted for Friday morning has  forced a change in the venue for the 18th Annual Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Due to the forecast, officials moved the ceremony across the street to the First United Methodist Church, located at the corner of 5th and Robinson. Guests are asked to enter through the doors off of Robinson that face the Memorial.

The ceremony will still start at 8:55 a.m. As the names are called, the doors will be opened for families and friends to walk across the street and gather at the chairs and the Memorial Museum will be open all day, free of charge thanks to Cox Communications.

U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Edmond, and Gov. Mary Fallin are scheduled to participate in this year's ceremony. Memorial Foundation chairman Gary Pierson will emcee the event

Earlier in the week, officials with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the Memorial Marathon and City of Oklahoma City met to discuss the impact of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on the local event slated to start April 28.

Officials said the local marathon already has a safety and security plan in place and will watch the intelligence from the law enforcement agencies in the coming days and make the appropriate decisions for the race or any changes in security.

The local marathon is expected to have nearly 24,000 participants on the last Sunday of April as it runs 26.2 miles through five city districts and three municipalities, including Oklahoma City, Nichols Hills and the Village. The Memorial Marathon consists of a full Marathon, Half-Marathon, Relay, Memorial 5k and a Kids Marathon.

Encourage Readers/Viewers/Listeners to come to the April 19th Ceremony and experience the Memorial Museum free that day from 10:00-5:00, thanks to Cox Communications. | 341-2121, ext. 108