Washington Observing OKC Bombing Anniversary
The U.S. Senate just had a moment of silence for the Oklahoma City bombing victims and all victims of terrorism at home and abroad.
Here is a statement from U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa:
“15 years ago, the lives of both Oklahomans and Americans changed forever as 168 of our citizens were killed by the devastating attack in Oklahoma City. As we remember that horrific April day, we recall the children, mothers, fathers, neighbors, co-workers and friends we lost. We also remember the compassion that came afterwards as Oklahomans and others from around the country came together to provide assistance, care, and kindness. Oklahomans continue to show the world our triumph over violence with a great measure of strength and resilience in the face of tremendous loss. Today, my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones on April 19, 1995.”
And one from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California:
“Fifteen years ago, the people of our nation witnessed the destruction of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and came together in strength out of this moment of tragedy. Today, we continue to mourn the loss of the 168 Americans; many were federal workers who came to work that morning to serve the public – to help our veterans and the elderly, farmers and the disabled. Our prayers still rest with the families, neighbors, and loved ones of the men, women, and children who died that day.
“On this solemn anniversary, we remember more than the horrifying images of pain and devastation. We remember the heroes: the firefighters who worked to put out the flames; the first responders who rescued the wounded; the medical teams who saved lives; the emergency workers who ran into the fire and dug through the rubble. Their sacrifice is the ultimate testament to our country’s resolve in the face of terror. Their actions are the true legacy of this day. In their names, let us unite in our shared humanity.
“Today, let us live up to the legacy of the Americans who perished. Let us follow the example of the many who came from far and wide to help Oklahoma City recover and rebuild. Let us recall the response of all Americans 15 years ago: to reject violence; and to embrace compassion in the wake of disaster. And let us recommit ourselves to a spirit of cooperation and service, and to a future of hope for every family.”
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