State to honor victims of OKC bombing
Ocolly- Oklahoma State Universit - almost 5 years
Today, Oklahomans remember a tragic day in state history.
Seventeen years ago, Timothy McVeigh parked a rental truck loaded with explosives in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. At 9:02 a.m., an explosion erupted from the vehicle and destroyed the north side of the building killing 168 people and injuring 850.
John Phillips, head the Edmon Low Library’s government documents division, said he was in a meeting when the bomb went off.
He said the real impact came when he went to Oklahoma City that Memorial Day to visit his grandfather and uncle’s graves and saw all the number of burials taking place.
“You’re used to seeing one or two, because people pass away,” he said. “But seeing (the victims) all at the same time being buried, it makes you think.”
McVeigh was eventually arrested, and was executed June 11, 2001. His accomplice, Terry Nichols, is serving life in prison without parole.
On May 23, 1995, the building was demolished
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