Thursday is a somber anniversary across the state, marking 17 years since the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
On April 19, 1995, 168 people were killed when a bomb went of outside the building.
Survivors, rescuers, family and friends will gather at the Oklahoma City National Memorial at 8:55 a.m. for the annual remembrance ceremony.
There will be 168 seconds of silence for the victims, beginning at 9:02 a.m., followed by a bagpipe procession and the reading of the victims’ names.
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols filled thirteen 55-gallon drums with a mixture of fuel and fertilizer. They loaded them into a rental truck and rigged them with fuses and detonators. Then McVeigh drove the truck into downtown Oklahoma City, lit the fuses and parked it next to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Then he jumped into his getaway car and left.
The explosion claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings. The bomb was estimated to have caused at least $652 million worth of damage.
I have family in Norman, OK. My sister was at work in OKC that day and was close enough to hear the blast. I have been to the memorial. It’s a beautiful and restful place. It’s chilling to think how suddenly so many lives were changed by senseless violence.
I hope Timothy McVeigh slow-roasts in hell for eternity.
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