8:45 a.m. today
• Prelude: Oklahoma City police Sgt. Justin Echols
• Bagpiper procession: Kevin M. Donnelly, pipe sergeant, DEA Black and Gold Pipes and Drums
• Welcome: John Richels, chairman, Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation
• Mission statement: Nicholas Ryan Smith, YMCA survivor and memorial volunteer
• 168 seconds of silence
• Invocation: the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
• Posting of colors: Oklahoma City Fire and Police Departments Joint Color Guard
• National anthem: Echols
• What the (Oklahoma City National) Memorial & Museum means to me as a ... family member — Donna Weaver, wife of Michael Weaver; a survivor — Richard Williams, General Services Administration; a rescue worker — Oklahoma City police Maj. Ed Hill
• What the memorial and museum means to our state and nation: Gov. Mary Fallin
• “God Bless America”: Echols
• Reading of 168 names: Visitors are to remain seated until all names have been read.
• Cox Communications Community Day: On this day, entry into the memorial and museum is free. After the ceremony, the memorial and museum will open at 10 a.m. Last entry into the museum is at 6 p.m.
• National 9/11 Flag Historic Stitching Ceremony: In a historic stitching ceremony, New York City firefighters and local service heroes will repair an American flag destroyed in the aftermath of 9/11.
• Planting of Survivor Tree Seedling at Taft Middle School, 2901 NW 23: 75 Taft Middle School students who are scheduled to participate in the Memorial Marathon this May will plant a “Wish Tree” as part of a nationwide initiative.
• The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum will honor former President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush and family with the 2011 Reflections of Hope Award during a luncheon at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Hager, the former president's daughters, are scheduled to receive the award on behalf of their family. A ticket is required.
• Frank Keating, governor at the time of the bombing: “Virtually each time I meet an out-of-state visitor to the memorial-museum, their response is the same. The experience was spiritual, vivid, memorable, humbling, patriotic, or life altering. Few are not profoundly affected.”
• Jon R. Wallace, The Salvation Army Disaster Social Services director who traveled to Oklahoma City in the hours after the April 19, 1995, bombing: “The memorial- museum is an instrument of peace that effectively communicates the resilience of a community, the compassion of a state, and the goodness of a people to respond, recover, and rebuild from a senseless act of intolerance.”
• Charlie Hanger, who as an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper stopped a Mercury sedan with no license plate on Interstate 35 on April 19, 1995. He arrested the driver, Timothy McVeigh, on a firearms offense: “I feel like the museum has not only memorialized the events of April 19, 1995, it has shown the victims and the families of those who were killed that tragic day, that we will never forget.”