April 19 is marked by grief. Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day honors the deceased of this terrible event that occurred in the US state in 1995.
A car bomb exploded, and the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was demolished. There were 168 victims. Children were killed. Almost 700 persons were seriously injured. Timothy McVeigh was arrested 2 hours after the explosive device went off and found guilty. His accomplice, Terry Nichols, was arrested later. They were right-wing radicals taking revenge for events that took place in Texas and northern Idaho: in 1993, federal services launched a siege of a ranch where an extremist organization was based. Its activities were illegal within the state’s borders. In 2001, McVeigh was executed. Nichols received life in prison.
How to take part
Human life has the highest value. When peaceful people suffer at criminals’ hands, it is gross injustice, followed by legal retribution.
- It is appropriate to honor the memory of the victims, light candles, express regret and condolences.
- Visit the memorial complex built on the site of the collapsed building in Oklahoma City, lay flowers.
- Express a negative attitude towards violence against civilians.
The mournful events in Oklahoma had consequences: the government took legislative measures to strengthen the protection of administrative buildings. Evacuation routes were planned and implemented in case of unforeseen situations. It helped to prevent 60 serious crimes in the period of 1995-2005.
When Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day celebrated in 2023?
Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day is observed on April 19 each year.