Gov. Mary Fallin said the intent of those behind the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building 16 years ago was evil, but the result has been for the good.
Fallin spoke Tuesday morning to about 300 survivors, victims' relatives and others gathered at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum in downtown Oklahoma City on the windy 16th anniversary of the bombing.
"The memorial is a testament to the sacrifices of those killed and injured in the bombing, as well as the rescue workers who worked tirelessly to pull survivors from the rubble," Fallin said. "The memorial is a reminder of so many people who stepped forward to help 16 years ago."
The ceremony included the reading of victims' names and 168 seconds of silence in honor of the number of people killed in the April 19, 1995, blast at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Federal prosecutors said Army veteran Timothy McVeigh planned the attack as revenge for the deadly standoff between the FBI and Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, that killed more than 70 people on April 19, 1993 — exactly two years earlier.
McVeigh was convicted on federal murder and conspiracy charges in 1997 and executed in 2001.
His Army buddy, Terry Nichols, was convicted on federal and state bombing-related charges and is serving multiple life sentences in a federal prison.
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