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.”
The Edmond North High School orchestra will provide the music, and Charity Logan will perform a song. Morgan Merrell, whose mother, Frankie Ann Merrell, was killed April 19, 1995, will talk about teaching the next generation the story of the bombing. Afterward will be a reading of the names of the 168 victims, read by family members and representatives of five Oklahoma rescue worker agencies.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is at 620 N Harvey. The ceremony is expected to last about an hour.
Cox Communications will sponsor free admission to the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum for all visitors on Thursday. The museum will open after the remembrance ceremony and remain open until 5 p.m.