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Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary

April 19, 2012 by staff 

Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary, The blast killed 168 people, including 19 children in a day-care center and more than 500 survivors were injured.  Thursday marks the 17th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

On April 19, 1995, a bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The blast killed 168 people and wounded more than 500.

A ceremony was held Thursday morning at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum where 168 seconds of silence was observed at 9:02 a.m. to honor the victims.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin took part in a ceremony to honor the victims.

“Seventeen years ago an unimaginable, shocking act occurred of t*rror*sm that was perpetrated on the people of Oklahoma. 168 lives were lost here, this very site. And as we look at it today, and it’s beautiful. It’s a pretty day, light wind, pretty trees, birds flying. It’s hard to even imagine what could have happened here 17 years ago with those 168 lives and 19 children who we lost. When you think about the horror, the brutality, even the evil that occurred when the Murrah Building was bombed, it can never be overstated the loss that Oklahoma experienced. And it would have been very easy for that attack to cripple our city, to hold it back, to leave our people hopeless. But it did not. Instead, the people of Oklahoma rose up, and they banded together with the help of so many,” Fallin said.

Christopher Winn led the assembly in the moment of silence to mark the somber occasion. Winn is one of only six children who survived from the second-floor daycare center in the building.

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