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Bush Arrives In Oklahoma City To Dedicate New OKC MuseumAired February 19, 2001 - 11:48 a.m. ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: And now live pictures from Tanker Air Force Base. You can see the president, Mrs. Bush have arrived. They're headed to Oklahoma City for the opening of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center. This commemorating the victims, the 168 people, the 500 people who died and the 500 people that were injured back in April of 1995.
The museum opening today. a number of exhibits that people will be able to see when they visit -- that they -- when they visit the museum, including an audio recording of the bombing actually taking place on that morning -- at about 9:02 in the morning on April 19, 1995.
Our Tony Clark also standing by with our coverage -- Tony.
TONY CLARK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, Tanker Air Force Base is just east of downtown Oklahoma City. The president and Mrs. Bush expected to drive shortly over here, being greeted by Governor Frank Keating as well as he arrives at the Tinker Air Force Base. They will be coming over here to the museum.
And the president and Mrs. Bush expected to take a brief tour of the museum before coming out for dedication ceremonies.
The museum itself, put you at -- right back on April 19th, 1995. There are some 500 photographs. There are artifacts. You walk into one room, and there is the concrete rubble, the personal effects of some of the people that were there.
In fact, I talked to the husband of one of the women who died. And he said that he walked through this the other day and was surprised to see his wife's watch in one of the little glass cases. And he said it just brought so many memories back to him.
As you walk through there, you see and you hear from people who survived the blast, and also from those who lost loved ones in the blast.
There is an especially moving room. It has photographs of all 168 people who were killed in the bombing. And in a shadow box, around the photograph, there are in most of them little items, little pieces of remembrance. For some of the children, there are toys that they used to play with. And it -- you can't help but be touched as you go through there. Today, at the ceremony, as I say, President Bush will make comments. There will also be comments from Don Farrell, an Oklahoma publisher who -- and former legislator who lost his daughter, Susan Farrell, in the blast.
One of the survivors, Richard Williams, who was the assistant building manager of the Murrah Federal Building, also expected to speak today.
And so it is expected to be a very emotional day here for President and Mrs. Bush as they go through here, and also for all of the participates.
I'm Tony Clark, CNN, live the in Oklahoma City.
KAGAN: Tony, thank you very much.
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