Never Forget: Victims Of Oklahoma City Bombing Honored

Tuesday, April 19th 2016, 7:43 am
By: News On 6

On Tuesday, Oklahoma City paused to remember the victims of the Murrah Building Bombing. April 19, 2016, is the 21st Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, and all 168 names of the people killed were read in a ceremony that started at 9 a.m..

Organizers decided to move the 21st Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony to First Church due to weather. After the ceremony, visitors were invited to walk across to the OKC National Memorial and Museum where 168 heart-shaped wreaths are on each of the empty chairs.

Those who rode in Saturday’s Ride to Remember placed them in honor of each victim.

Every year the names of all 168 victims are be read by survivors or relatives of the victims. Governor Mary Fallin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett were scheduled to speak, as well.

A letter written by President Obama will also be read during the ceremony. 

Admission to the museum is complimentary on Tuesday.  It will open after the ceremony at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.

What organizers hope is that people commit to the Oklahoma Standard this month, performing an act of service, an act of honor, and kindness. And they hope people will share what they're doing using the #OKStandard.

A special tribute will be outside the museum to honor former Oklahoma City assistant fire chief Jon Hansen who passed away last week. 

Hansen passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. For many he was the source of information during a tragic and confusing time, serving as spokesperson for the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

A restored 1995 OK Fire truck is parked in front of the Museum on Harvey Street. There will be a card for people to sign and it will be presented to his family at his service next week.

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum