UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1239 times:
At 9:02 AM, CST, the United States Lost its innocence when Timothy McVeigh pulled his rented Ryder truck in front of the Alfred Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Packed with a 4,000 pound home made bomb, he took the lives of innocent civilians and children. The bomb ripped through over 1/2 of the Federal Building taking 168 lives with it, many of them children in the day care center on the 2nd floor.
Rumors circulated through area schools as children discovered that their parents were near or at the bombing site. Some people, before seeing coverage, dismissed the bomb as a small pipe bombing, so frequently seen at abortion clinics.
Upon seeing news coverage, the people of Oklahoma were faced with a huge tragedy, but one that would bring the bonds of Oklahomans together.
Everyone in Oklahoma remembers where they were at 9:02 AM on April 19th, 1995. I was in middle school, in Orchestra class, when the doors of the room blew inward a few inches accompanied by a low boom. I was 7 miles from the Murrah Building. I can only imagine what those individuals experienced downtown.
My PR firm I work for is spearheading the media initiative for the bombing. I've been with CNN, ABC, and NBC all day today in the press room.
It is amazing to see people from all over the nation coming to give their respects to those who died. The Oklahoma City National (bombing) Memorial is something to see. We have created a place of so much peace and beauty in the memorial where so many lives were destroyed. The faces of the people will always be remembered through the memorial.
Expect all day coverage of tomorrow's events and a special on CNN tonight.
Please pray for the families of those who died in the bombing as this will undoubtedly be a hard day for them, and pray for the survivors who witnessed this dark day in American history.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1229 times:
It all seems like it was just yesterday, doesn't it? I remember seeing the news come across the wires on the stock ticker at work early in the morning west coast time, and wanting to get home to see the pictures of it on TV.
Amazing that only as far back as 1995 we couldn't get live video on computers over the internet.
It may become another "what were you doing when you heard the news" event for a lot of people. Thanks for the alert on the special on CNN tonight.
I hope those affected have been able to recover from their wounds, and those who perished are resting in peace.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13838 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1221 times:
My recall of that day is very different from others. I lived alone then and I had worked from the previous morning, all night and into that morning, getting to bed about 8 am EST. I woke up about 12:45 pm, turned on the TV on to CNN to check the latest news...then I saw a building that had been blown apart! They didn't id on the screeen at first where this occured. I called my mother, to find out what happened. I then understood what had apparently happened, a huge explosion had taken place and killed many people. We saw the pictures at the site taken that day, on tape and live in the attemped rescue and recovery of the dead. We saw the massive damage to buildings in the area.
On that day and into the next, it was believed that middle eastern terrorists had done this horrible deed, much like those assholes in the 1993 WTC attack. I recall that airports were on the alert to watch out for middle-eastern/arab men, and some faced intense scruteny. All day, and into the next, many of us were transfixed and in shock of what had happened. Another day later, we began to realize from info on the truck as to where it was rented from and by who. We then realized that it was not done by middle eastern terrorists, but rather perverse, domestic, anti-government terrorists, in part due to the date - the same as the horrible situation in Waco, TX at the Branch Dividians. Peoples desire for avenging and revenge for this act went into high gear, worsingin as we understood through pictures and video and stories of the people involved, killed or injured.
Forturntaly a few hours after the attack, a car without license plates nor any temp tag was stopped by a Oklahoma state police office. A Mr McVeigh was arrested and put into jail for not having any license plates or temp tag, registration and insurance. Soon his name would be put into a computer and in a search for the person whom rented the truck used, the police station he was jailed at was notified and he was further detained only a short time when he could have been released on his original charges.
Over the next few days, we would see repeatly the horrible pictures of the destoyed building and destroyed people, like the famous picture of the dead baby in the firefighter's arms, the visits of politicans and the arrest and perp walk of McVeigh and his alleged helper.
Over the years since then, the Murrar Federal Building was torn down, the site becoming a memorial, a new building built with far better protection from another such attack - with the same principals now employed in any significant Government Building since then - McVeigh and his accomplias tried and McVeigh executed. Far right domestic extermists groups disbanded and were chased after by the FBI. Later some would fine tune their message and go to the Internet to promote their stupidity.
Ten years later, we cannot forget, although it has become somewhat overshadoed by the events of 9/11. Pray for the vicitms, their families and for misguided people to never do such an act again.
UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1219 times:
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 4): Forturntaly a few hours after the attack, a car without license plates nor any temp tag was stopped by a Oklahoma state police office. A Mr McVeigh was arrested and put into jail for not having any license plates or temp tag, registration and insurance.
Interesting note: Timothy McVeigh had placed his getaway car the night before the bombing. He left a note that said something to the effect, "Please don't tow, will return with tow truck tomorrow, thanks."
And, you arel right about the middle eastern terrorist fears. For a few days, there were suspicions that a terrorist group was the cause of the bombing. In fact, I even remember them saying on the news that the FBI was looking for a brown Chevy truck. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't a middle eastern terrorist group initially claim responsibility?
Also, I think that Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) was either closed for a while, or under tremendous security precautions.
Ouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4672 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1159 times:
All though I'm a transplant from Ohio, back in 97 when I first attended OU...it didn't take my long to realize the impact on Oklahomans and what they had to do. I've been to the memorial several times, in the day and a couple at night (which everyone should try to do at least once for the experience)...its definitely an appropriate oasis and place of reflection for those that want to remember. Personally I find it amazing how this state always seems to pull it together and look out for one another.
When May 3rd rolled around in 99 and the strongest tornado in recorded history took 36 Oklahomans...the community came together again and survived. When 9/11 happened...this community was one of the first ones to lend a hand and help where they could. Toss in two years later in May of 2003, when two strong tornadoes (F3 and F4) hit OKC on back to back days - first time in history the same city has been hit twice by strong tornadoes that soon - the city made it through just fine.
I moved away in '02 to go back to Ohio, but something always called me back here and of course I'm back in Norman where I call home. I would like to go downtown today, but there will already be too many people there...and i would hate to get in the way of a survivor, family members, close friends, etc. However...like the rest of the state...tomorrow morning we'll all come to a respectful silence at 2 minutes past the hour.