There are 168 of these chairs that stand where the Murrah building once was. These chairs represent the empty spots at the dinner tables of all the victims' families. 19 of these chairs are kid size, representing all the children killed in the blast. The bombing was perpetrated by an anti-government extremist. In a letter he wrote to Fox News he stated "I decided to send a message to a government that was becoming increasingly hostile, by bombing a government building and the government employees within that building who represent that government." That man is the first and only terrorist to ever be executed in the United States. Twenty years later, the city still seems eerily quiet and visiting this site stirred an emotional reaction in me that brought tears to my eyes and pain in my heart. This spot is equally sad and uplifting, illustrating the best and worst of humanity.
The flags were flying at half mast that day. They mourned the loss of those killed in San Bernadino. The week before the flags flew at half mast to mourn those killed at a Planned Parenthood clinic. In 2016 I think we should fly our flags at half mast for the entire year, to remind us of the constant state of violence this country seems to be in. Better yet, maybe we should fly them upside down, to signify the troubled nation we have become.