Athletes visit OKC Memorial following the bombing in Boston


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 4/16/2013 1:26 pm Published: 4/16/2013 11:23 am



168 chairs sit illuminated on the grounds of the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum. Each chair is symbol to honor the 168 people who killed during a massive explosion at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19th, 1995.

The small chairs are what hurt the most for Bryan Volpenhein because he knows that they symbolize.

“All of the little kids,” said Volpenhein, “It’s a power monument and really makes you think about what actually happened here.”

Volpenhein isn’t alone. The bombings at the Boston Marathon have stirred up old emotions for people in Oklahoma City. Friday marks the 18th anniversary of the bombing and the news from Boston is difficult to handle.

Volpenhein is an Olympic medal winner and the current rowing coach for Olympic hopefuls in Oklahoma City. On Tuesday he took 25 of his athletes to visit the Memorial.

“We’ve been meaning to come here for a while,” said Coach Volpenheim, “we felt that it was an appropriate time to do it.’

One of the athletes who visited the Memorial, Mike Gennaro, told FOX23 that it was a humbling experience.

“It’s nice to visit and to remember,” said Gennaro.

Gennaro says that the events in Boston and OKC are hard to process but, he found a glimmer of hope in the tragedy.

“With a sense of pride you are grateful that there were people out there that were brave enough to help others who were injured,” said Gennaro, “That is something to be proud of.”

A Remembrance Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 19th at 9 a.m.

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