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27 Years Later: Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing

Posted at 6:55 AM, Apr 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-19 19:20:34-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — 2022 marks 27 years since the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Survivors, family members, and state officials will gather with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum to remember the 168 lives lost at First Church on Tuesday morning.

Several speakers will share their thoughts during the Remembrance Ceremony, including Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, and more. This year's keynote speaker is Phillipe Etienne, the Ambassador of France to the United States.

The 22nd Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is taking place later this weekend from April 22 through April 24. Like last year, additional enhanced health and safety policies have also been adopted to keep runners and the community safe.

Survivor Tree seedlings will be given out following the ceremony. Free admission is offered to anyone who visits the Museum until 5 p.m.

To learn more about the Annual OKC Memorial Marathon, click here.

“Every year on this day, we remember those who were killed when a domestic terrorist bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, taking the lives of 168 people, including 19 children, and seriously injuring hundreds of others.

“And every year on this day, we commemorate the strength of the Oklahoma City community that came together in the face of that loss.

“The Justice Department apprehended, prosecuted, and convicted the men responsible for the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. As we did, we never forgot the victims, in whose memories we worked.

“Twenty-seven years later, the Justice Department remains vigilant in the face of the threat of domestic terrorism. We believe that the time to address threats of violence is before the violence occurs, so we are putting our resources into disrupting terrorist plots. We also remain committed to holding accountable those who perpetrate such attacks, which are aimed at rending the fabric of our democratic society and driving us apart.

“Today, as we remember Oklahoma City, we must stand together against the kind of hatred that leads to tragedies like that one. Today, we are also reminded of the grace and resilience demonstrated by the Oklahoma City community, which refused to allow hate and division to win.”
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland
“We still feel the pain and loss of that day. Each April 19th, we pause to remember the victims, survivors, their families, the first responders, and everyone impacted by that fateful day in 1995 when 168 lives were lost in the worst act of domestic terrorism our nation had ever known. But out of the terrible tragedy, we introduced the nation to the Oklahoma Standard—the remarkable way Oklahomans immediately step in to show love and help our neighbors stand up, clean up, and help begin the healing process. As we remember the fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, and friends who were taken from us that day, we continue to show the nation how to pray and take care of each other in times of overwhelming loss.”
U.S. Sen. James Lankford

“27 years have passed since the tragedy in Oklahoma City that shaped our state. We will never forget the one hundred and sixty-eight lives lost in what was the worst homegrown terrorist attack in history. I had close friends who died and I know so many others who lost family, friends and loved ones. What we now know as the Oklahoma Standard came from the acts of kindness that occurred afterwards—a truly inspiring display of communities throughout Oklahoma coming together to heal. Today, we take extra time to pray for the families and loved ones of those lost and the first responders who risked their lives for us all."
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe

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