Monday, April 19, 2010
In Memoriam: 15th Anniversary of OKC Bombing
Fifteen years ago today, Timothy McVeigh parked a rental truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Building, and a bomb detonated destroying lives and killing 168 people including 19 children.
It would take a few years before McVeigh would be put to death in Terre Haute, Indiana for his crime. His co-conspirator, Terry Nichols, remains imprisoned today.
The effects were instant. Our day-to-day lives changed quite a bit. Blast buffers went up around many buildings, and security was tightened tremendously. Parking was restricted around federal and other government centers. Pennsylvania Avenue was closed in front of the White House.
Beyond these impacts are the over 200 children that lost parents on that day. Many of them killed as they worked. It's something that we can all relate to...just like the 9/11 attacks. You can put yourself in the shoes of the victims easily. One minute, you're sipping on coffee and cramming for that 9:30 a.m. meeting. The next, you're gone. It's frightening if you think about it too much.
In the place of the Murrah Building, a memorial was constructed that included chairs representing the victims of that awful day. It includes 19 small chairs. I have never visited the memorial, but I'm told it's quite stunning.
Today, we remember those brave Americans that lost their lives at work or in day care on that horrible day, April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City. We also think about all the families effected by this terrible event that left a stain of innocent blood on American history. Take a moment today and just remember them all.