Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing heading into the OKC Memorial Marathon

TULSA - April 19, 1995.  A truck bomb shears off half of the six-story Murrah Federal Building.

Shortly after the blast Robert Luster waited with family for word about his parents who'd gone to the Federal Building that morning.

"We've cried and everything else but right now we're just waiting. They're inside the building. Hopefully alive," he said.

Family and strangers alike, watching the unfathomable unfold, held out hope for survival.

But it was not to be for 168 men, women and children, including Kathryn Burkett's son David.

"They found him five days later," she said.  "That was pure torture." 

In those torturous five days heroes rushed in.

Survivor Richard Williams said, "I am here today because of one of those hero first responders, a police officer."

Rescue efforts turned into the difficult search for bodies. The National Guard braced for looting that never occurred.

What did happen: People held each other in arms and in prayers.

Wounds began to heal though our hearts were marked forever.

The site that once marked the Murrah building became a memorial and museum. 

Williams said there must be hope, "Because the end result here is that we can survive, there is resilience.   We can survive and move forward but we'll never forget."

The memorial is a place of grief but also a place of healing, hope and peace.

PHOTO GALLERY - Oklahoma City National Memorial (http://bit.ly/XLap2q)

Through the moments, weeks and years following 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, Oklahomans became a shining example to the world that someone can knock us down and that's part of life.

Helping each other back up is living.

For coverage of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon go to www.kjrh.com/okcmarathon. We will live stream our broadcast from the race Sunday beginning at 7 a.m.

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