Today is the 17th anniversary of a heart wrenching tragedy that claimed the lives of 168 people, including 19 children. The devastating event is remembered today and every year on April 19th with a memorial service at the site where it all took place.
The bombing of the Oklahoma City Alfred P. Murrah Federal building on April 19, 1995, was the most horrific precursor to the September 11th NYC attacks. The most notorious homegrown terrorist, Timothy McVeigh, was executed for his crimes in 2001.
Those that come to the memorial site to remember those that lost their lives today nearly 20 years ago will stand in complete silence at 9:02am for 168 seconds. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has replaced the devastated site in the city’s downtown. The executive director of the Museum, Kari Watkins, is hopeful because she feels that the memorial has taught the country the power of this nation’s people after something so horrific.
After she saw a group of eight to 10 students ranging in ages 10-13 years old showing great respect for the memorial, she was moved to speak to their teacher and commend them:
“We began to watch them learn from scratch a story they really didn’t know,” Watkins said. “The lessons learned in Oklahoma City by so many and the heroic stories of the family members, survivors and rescue workers that include both ups and downs are changing lives every day as they are learned by our visitors. They see that in everything something good can come from evil and that these people are human in their response but have learned how to overcome. Everyone can relate to those basic lessons in so many ways.”
The memorial service begins at 8:55am. Read the full story here. A moment of silence.