On April 19, 1995, two men decided to destroy the lives of people and destroy buildings, cars and other property. It’s referred to as the Oklahoma City bombing. It’s considered a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.
Because Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols made a decision to carry out this evil plot, 168 people lost their lives and more than 700 people were injured. We still don’t have answers. Of course the question on everyone’s mind is – why?
The short answer is – we don’t know why. We know there is evil in the world – but where there is evil, there is more good. The best came out after tragedy struck. Local, state, federal and worldwide agencies helped in the rescue efforts after the blast. Donations to help were received from all over the country. Where evil crops up – good overcomes.
McVeigh was apprehended quickly – within 90 minutes of the explosion. Officer Charlie Hanger , an Oklahoma State Trooper, pulled him over for driving without a license plate and arrested him for illegal weapons possession. Forensic evidence linked both McVeigh and Nichols to the attack. Nichols was arrested, and in a matter of days both were charged. Michael and Lori Fortier were later identified as accomplices. McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001 and Nichols was sentenced to life in prison. Michael and Lori Fortier testified against McVeigh and Nichols. Michael still had to serve 12 years in prison for failing to warn the U.S. government, and Lori received immunity from prosecution in exchange for her testimony.
I don’t want to focus on the evil today, but the good. Those who helped after the bombs exploded at 9:01 – then again at 9:03.
The FBI conducted 28,000 interviews, collected 3.5 short tons of evidence and collected nearly one billion pieces of information.
My husband and I went to the Oklahoma City National Memorial in 2001 and took some photos. I didn’t think after so much time had passed it would be emotional. I was wrong. The memorial was dedicated on the site of the Murrah Federal Building, commemorating the victims of the bombing. Every year remembrance services are held at the same time of day as the explosions occurred: 9:01 and 9:03am.
It’s so sad because people were just going to do their job – trying to make a living. No one thinks that walking into their place of employment will be dangerous. Since then, we just don’t know if it’s safe to leave the house. May God give us the strength and courage to live our lives without fear. 😦