“For the survivors of the crimes and for the families of the dead the pain goes on.” – Former President George W. Bush
April 19, 1995.
On some days it seems just like yesterday. Other days, well, its seems like a lifetime ago.
It was one of those moments in our history which falls under the heading, “Where were you when…”
Like the day Kennedy was assassinated. Or when John Lennon and Ronald Reagan were shot. We remember where we were when we heard the news. Of course, we all remember where we were when we saw the images of planes flying into buildings in New York City as we sat in shock, our eyes glued to the television.
April 19, 1995. The day that shook America. The day that shocked Oklahoma City. The day terrorism came on our own soil. The largest act of domestic terrorism to our country. A day that brought death to 168 innocent lives, including 19 children, destroying families in America’s heartland.
A day for those of us in Oklahoma that we will never forget, nor should we ever forget. A day seventeen years ago that we still vividly remember.
These things just don’t happen in Oklahoma, a state more noted for college football national championships and a Rogers and Hammerstein musical. A state built upon moral character and conservative values.
April 19, 1995. The day a yellow Ryder rental truck driven by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols brought real world terror to our front door step. A day we lost 168 of our brothers and sisters in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. A day where 680 were injured. By a bomb built by cowards. A bomb that destroyed over 300 buildings in a 16 block radius.
Timothy McVeigh was executed by the federal government in June of 2001. Nichols wasn’t given the death sentence, and still resides in a Colorado Supermax prison facility where he still complains about the food.
So many questions still to ask. So many answers that will never come.
For more information on the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum click on the link to take you to the website. If you are ever in the area or visiting Oklahoma stop by and visit the Memorial site.
The following is a video tribute to the music of Live’s Lightening Crashes.
Please continue to honor the victims and their families.
Don’t ever forget….