Remembrance ceremony held on 26th anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing

The hybrid virtual and in-person ceremony honored the 168 people killed in the terrorist attack on April 19, 1995


By Laura French

OKLAHOMA CITY — A remembrance ceremony was held on Monday marking the 26th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people on April 19, 1995. 

The hybrid ceremony hosted by the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum was streamed online and attended in-person by 1,000 survivors, family members, first responders and other officials, according to KOCO. Last year's ceremony on the 25th anniversary was held virtually due to COVID-19. 

Bouquets of flowers were placed on chairs at the memorial representing those killed in the domestic terrorism attack at the federal Murrah Building. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland was the keynote speaker at the event. 

 
Ceremony on Sacred Soil: Honoring the victims, survivors of OKC bombing 26 years later

CEREMONY ON SACRED SOIL | Monday marks 26 years since the Murrah Building Bombing in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum holds a remembrance ceremony to honor the victims’ lives, the survivors and those forever changed on this sacred day. https://bit.ly/3v2Iez7

Posted by KOCO 5 News on Monday, April 19, 2021

On social media, the hashtag #WeRemember was used to recognize the anniversary of the bombing and honor the victims. 

"As we take a collective pause on this day and reflect on the tragic and devastating event which occurred in our city in 1995, we should also focus on how far we have come since then," the Oklahoma City Fire Department posted on Facebook. "A community came together during the days, weeks, and months that followed, and we would be well-served to rekindle that same spirit of unity and love for one another today."

 

As we take a collective pause on this day and reflect on the tragic and devastating event which occurred in our city in...

Posted by Oklahoma City Fire Department on Monday, April 19, 2021

"168 lives lost and countless others forever changed. While #WeRemember the events of that day, from the devastation the #OklahomaStandard was born and our city has proven strong and steadfast - a symbol of the resilience of Oklahomans," EMSA Oklahoma posted. 

 

Today EMSA reflects and remembers the tragic events that took place in our community 26 years ago on April 19, 1995. 168...

Posted by EMSA OKLAHOMA on Monday, April 19, 2021

"We responded & we remember," read a graphic posted on Facebook by the Oklahoma City Police Department. 

 

We will always remember. #WeRemember Photo: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Posted by Oklahoma City Police Department on Monday, April 19, 2021
 

Today, #WeRemember the 168 innocent lives lost, the courageous first responders, and the resiliency of the survivors and all Oklahomans. We will never forget April 19, 1995. #26thanniversary

Posted by Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Monday, April 19, 2021

Agencies beyond the city and state also took time to remember the victims of the national tragedy. 

 

Today marks the 26th Anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing...a day that changed not only OKC, but...

Posted by Jenks Fire Department on Monday, April 19, 2021
 

#WeRemember We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. April 19,...

Posted by Guthrie Police Department on Monday, April 19, 2021
 

Please join us in remembering the lives lost on this day 26 years ago in Oklahoma City. #WeRemember

Posted by Fort Worth Fire Department on Monday, April 19, 2021
 

#WeRemember April 19, 1995. 168 lives were lost in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Posted by Lyon County Sheriff's Office - Kansas on Monday, April 19, 2021
The Field of Empty Chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial in March 2021. (Photo/Greg Friese)
The Field of Empty Chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial in March 2021. (Photo/Greg Friese)
The reflecting pool at the Oklahoma City National Memorial in March 2021. (Photo/Greg Friese)

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