Today Marks 21st Anniversary of Oklahoma City Bombing

Today Marks 21st Anniversary of Oklahoma City Bombing

Field of empty chairs at the memorial. Photo courtesy of Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

On Tuesday morning, people gathered in Oklahoma City to remember the 168 lives lost on April 19, 1995 when a bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The 21st anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing was marked by a memorial service held at a church near the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. The names of 168 people were read aloud and people in attendance observed 168 seconds of silence. 

In remembrance of the victims, hundreds of motorcyclists participated in a ride to remember through downtown Oklahoma City on Saturday. The annual ride raises money for the memorial and museum, which is funded through private donations.

There is a personal connection between the bombing and 9/11. After 9/11, many survivors and family members from Oklahoma City came to New York City to counsel survivors, family members and recovery workers.

 By 9/11 Memorial Staff