NATIONAL OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING COMMEMORATION DAY
Each year, National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day on April 19th honors the memory of those killed in the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. It remained the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001, attacks. The blast in Oklahoma City claimed the lives of 168 people, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people. (https://www.history.com/topics/oklahoma-city-bombing)
The day serves as a day of remembrance for those who perished and for those who were injured. If you would like to learn more about this awful day in Oklahoma, you can visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum website.
The day also honors all those who served and volunteered as part of the emergency response. Throughout the devastating event, emergency response and humanitarian aid flooded in from around the country. Donations of medical supplies, gear, food, water, and equipment supported the rescue and recovery efforts.
HOW TO OBSERVE #OklahomaCityBombingCommemorationDay
- Join the nation in 168 seconds of silence for the 168 people killed in the bombings.
- Show support for EMS and humanitarian volunteers.
- Learn more about the bombing, the memorial, and how Oklahoma City recovered in the aftermath.
- Use #OklahomaCityBombingCommemorationDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING COMMEMORATION DAY HISTORY
While the day serves as a reminder of the horrible events on April 19, 1995, and of a Nation coming together, National Day Calendar has not identified the creator of this commemorative event.
Oklahoma City Bombing FAQ
Q. Was the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building rebuilt?
A. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was replaced with a 185,000 square foot building and construction was completed in 2003.
Q. Where is the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum located?
A. The museum and memorial were built on the original footprint of the destroyed Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The Museum, reflecting pool, orchard, and plaza flank and surround the Field of Empty Chairs representing those who perished. The memorial also represents the survivors and marks a somber day in Oklahoma and American history.