On April 19, our nation remembered the 168 people that were killed in an act of violence that shook our country in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 20 years ago.
Organized by Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh, anti-government militants, a truck containing tons of explosives blew up in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. To this day, this incident is known as the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history.
McVeigh was convicted on federal charges and executed in 2001. Nichols received multiple life prison sentences for his part in the bombing with no possibility of parole at a federal penitentiary in Colorado.
On the 20th anniversary of the attack, hundreds gathered at the site of the explosion to pay homage to remember the lives lost. Teddy bears, flowers, and family members filled the area immediatly outside the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. All 168 names of the victims were read aloud.
Former President Bill Clinton was among the attendees and he shared, “Oklahoma City, you had to choose to redeem your terrible losses by having to begin again.”
Families of the victims shared their personal stories and their healing efforts 20 years later. Survivor Priscilla Salyers shared her battle with depression and expressed, “I hope we are an inspiration to those who are starting their own journey to healing.”