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    Oklahoma City Marks 22nd Anniversary of Murrah Bombing

    Oklahoma City Marks 22nd Anniversary of Murrah Bombing

    The terrorist attack killed 168 people, including 19 children.

    https://twitter.com/OKCPD/status/854703691168985088

    Twenty-two years ago today, at 9:02 AM, a homemade bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK. The bomb killed 168 people, which included 19 children. The attack at the time was the worst terrorist attack on American soil until 9/11.

    Every single year, us in Oklahoma City remember this tragic attack at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Survivors and family members of the victims decorate the beautiful chairs that adorn the memorial, one for each victim.

    I did not live in OKC at the time, but the city has become my home and trust me, you do not have to be from around here to have it affect you.

    168 Seconds of Silence

    At 9:02AM, the memorial observes 168 seconds of silence.

    Ben Carson

    Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson arrived in OKC yesterday and toured the museum. The bomb killed 35 HUD employees.

    Carson left a note on every HUD employee’s chair.

    Carson also spoke at the memorial service:

    He became very emotional as he spoke. Carson considers the memorial a national memorial because it affected the entire country. He mentioned that HUD in D.C. has a garden and memorial to honor those who died, including the children.

    Carson encouraged people to make America the one those who died would appreciate calling home. Will we become the compassionate country and the one that lends a helping hand? Or will we become the nation that listens to those who preach hate, obviously referring to Timothy McVeigh, the man who committed this terrorist attack?

    He also explained how HUD has taken steps by not only placing a roof over a person but nurturing them to guide them on a different route from McVeigh.

    James Lankford

    Senator James Lankford (R-OK) spent a few minutes at the microphone:

    Lankford reminded everyone that God remains with us and every time we come to pray together, we are reminded that evil does not win.

    He also acknowledged that the attack forever changed Oklahoma City that day, but remains impressed how the city continues to rejuvenate and works every day to make sure the attack is not forgotten along with the victims.

    The Victims

    One of the hardest parts of the ceremony? Listening to people read out the names of the victims, especially when they announce the names of the children who died and the pregnant females with the names of their unborn child.

    Other Reactions

    Former President Bill Clinton usually visits OKC on April 19. He didn’t today, but still tweeted about it.

    This image remains on the neighboring building, written by a first response team.

    https://twitter.com/RiahMiles/status/854697710653497344

    Please do not ever forget.

    [Featured image via Twitter]

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    tyates | April 20, 2017 at 6:04 am

    In the 80s this type of terrorism was unthinkable, but the 90s was the decade where that all changed unfortunately. I think sometimes people forget how turbulent those times were and how much innocence we lost in just a few years. I remember in ’98 or ’99 how confusing and strange it was that someone had managed to hit bomb two US embassies in a single day. Thanks to the authors & comment writers.


     
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    buckeyeminuteman | April 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

    If one or two lone wolf wackos could inflict that much pain and damage in the heartland, just think what an organized, foreign government-funded ISIS cell could achieve. What the ATF did at Waco is inexcusable and those at the agency should pay for their sins, but in no way does that justify what happened in OKC.


     
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    gourdhead | April 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    McVeigh may have bumbled his way through this but the real culprit with the HE was BATF who were waging a campaign for their very existence. They got wind of this nutbag and oversaw the outcome. Fertilizer bombs (LE) do not shear steel columns. This entire fiasco, while deadly, is as crooked as the Warren Commission report.


     
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    MaxWebXperienZ | April 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Actually this the 23rd anniversary of the unnecessary showy assault on Waco that was designed to send a message to people like Timothy McVeigh.


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