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Former President Clinton to receive Reflections of Hope award in Oklahoma City

STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm •  Published: March 11, 2010
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The Sunday after the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, President Bill Clinton attended a memorial service at State Fair Arena. He would return many times after.

Today, it was announced that the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum will honor President Clinton "for his work in helping Oklahoma City transform after the bombing of the federal building almost 15 years ago and for his international peace work during his presidency and over the past decade."

He will receive the Reflections of Hope Award, which honors a living person or active organization whose conduct exemplifies in an extraordinary fashion two core beliefs of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation: that hope can survive and blossom despite the tragedy and chaos of political violence and that, even in environments marred by such violence, peaceful, nonviolence approaches provide the best answers to human problems.

President Clinton will be honored at a reception and a dinner April 21, two days after the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. It will be at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Grand Ballroom in downtown Oklahoma City.

"President Clinton and the work of the Clinton Foundation exemplify the core mission of this award and the Memorial and Museum," said Kari Watkins, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum executive director. "He stood by this city 15 years ago and helped lead the way to rebuilding the heart of our city. Since then, he has done a tremendous job of bringing together the private sector and the non-governmental organizations to combat global issues."

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