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The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building. (KOKH)

We remember: 23 years since the Oklahoma City bombing

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By DAN SNYDER, KOKH

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) - April 19, 1995. It's a day no Oklahoman can ever forget.

On that day, 168 people lost their lives when Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb planted inside a Ryder truck and parked outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. But countless lives were forever changed.

Every year, Oklahomans gather at the site of the horrific event to remember the lives lost and the acts of heroism, kindness and charity that unfolded that fateful day.

Starting at 7 a.m., staff at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum will place a single rose on the 168 chairs in the memorial, each one symbolizing a person killed in the bombing. At 8:55 a.m., the annual ceremony will begin, featuring 168 seconds of silence to honor the victims and a reading of each of their names, floor by floor.

This year's ceremony will also feature a special tribute to the Rev. Billy Graham, who passed away in February. Graham was one of the first to come to Oklahoma following the bombing to hold public prayer services.

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