“We come here to remember those who were killed,
those who survived and those changed forever.
May all who leave here know the impact of violence.
May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.”
– Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
13 thoughts on “Oklahoma City Bombing, April 19, 1995”
such a very sad, sad day. i will never forget it.
I won’t either. Before it happened, we felt so … invincible … in the heartland.
one of the things that has stayed in my mind is that for days and days… until they found the last person… we drove with our headlights on.
as if we were united at least in that way of keeping each other strong. i’ll never forget it.
Yes, I remember vividly those ribbons of light holding us all together.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years because it still seems so fresh in my mind.
The building I worked in — steel and stone — was five miles away, and it shuddered so hard that we all ran outside.
I was in TV when it happened, and one of the things I did was record the satellite feeds. It was hard to see anything else when you tried to close your eyes at night.
But at least we did see people coming together to help; it just shouldn’t have to take something so horrible for that to happen.
What happened that day almost makes me wish there was such a thing as Hell PT. I can think no one more deserving of that fate than the monster who’s name deserves no mention.
Nobody in OK has missed him, that’s for sure.
A principal motivation, if not the motivation, behind the Oklahoma City bombing was anti-government passion, the fervent belief that government is the enemy. That sentiment is still virulent today, despite all that government does to make our collective lives better. Today, at one of Joplin’s busiest intersections, we saw a half-dozen men holding up signs asking for support to eliminate the Bureau of Land Management. No secret there as to their feelings about government in general or about public lands specifically. If they had their way, Yellowstone and Yosemite would soon become fenced pastures.
There’s a lot I don’t like about big government, but some things require it if they are to get done. Our national parks are one of those things.
Thanks for posting the ribbon– next Sunday is the OKC Marathon, the Run to Remember. i will be walking the half again this year & the organizers post banners in memory of each of the 168 who perished along the routes. Thousands participate… really is simultaneously a fun and reflective morning.
No thanks needed. It’s personal. OKC is my hometown. Have fun at the run. Sounds like a great event. Too bad it was instituted after I moved away and decades after my running days.