If you go: 17th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony for Oklahoma City bombing

If you go: 17th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony for Oklahoma City bombing
by Bryan Painter Published: April 19, 2012

The 17th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony will begin at 8:55 a.m. Thursday at the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Memorial Foundation Chairman Gary Pierson will be master of ceremonies.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett are scheduled to join this year's ceremony.

Similar to previous years, 168 seconds of silence will be observed at 9:02 a.m., reflecting the moment the bomb detonated, killing 168 people and changing the nation forever.

The ceremony will start with a bagpipe procession of the ceremony participants, led by Pipe Sgt. Kevin M. Donnelly of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Black and Gold Pipes and Drums. This is Donnelly's third year to participate and he said he does it for the DEA workers who died, all those who lost their lives, and for the survivors.

“It's not like you can say to people ‘Now you're through the trauma' or ‘Now you're through the grieving,'” said Donnelly, who is assigned to DEA headquarters in Washington, D.C. “I think there's levels of that, but you continue to grieve, and so therefore we need to continue to remember so that we can live our lives the best we can.”

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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