Ceremony to mark anniversary of Murrah Building bombing moved indoors

Former disaster social services director Jon R. Wallace will read the Memorial Mission Statement of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
by Bryan Painter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm •  Published: April 19, 2013

The mission statement includes “May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.”

Nearly 18 years separated the blasts at the Murrah Building and Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon. But some things aren't entirely separated by time, Wallace said. The piece of the Murrah Building given to Wallace by workers at the Social Security office is a tangible reminder he carries with him from Oklahoma City.

But there are many other reminders.

Upon hearing of what had happened at the marathon, Wallace was shocked as were so many others. And his heart went out to the people in Boston.

“I then experienced a sense of calm, which might sound strange,” he said, “but I think that calm came because I knew that the injured were immediately being helped by spectators and emergency services alike.

“When these things happen, people, usually perfect strangers to the injured, immediately pitch in to help. Just like what happened in Oklahoma City. I just knew, felt, that help was right there … so I began to pray for what I knew must be going on in Boston.”

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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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