Oklahoma City firefighters preparing to go to work.
OKLAHOMA CITY—Twenty years ago today, 168 innocent lives were claimed during an act of terrorism at the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In remembrance of today’s 20th anniversary of the tragedy, the two members of Congress, who are American Indians and part of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation, issued the following statements:
Representative Tom Cole (Oklahoma – R)
“Even though time has passed, the nightmare that took place 20 years ago vividly remains for many and our sorrow still lingers for those lost in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995,” said Representative Tom Cole (Chickasaw). “When I think back on that fateful day, I remember the heartbreak, pain and shock felt by all—but most especially by the families, friends and loved ones of those whose lives were prematurely and unfairly taken.
In the midst of a terrible tragedy, I remember the bravery and strength displayed by first responders.
I will also never forget the outpouring of love and support within our own communities and from countless others across the nation and around the world. And I shall always be grateful for the splendid leadership by Governor Frank Keating, First Lady Cathy Keating, Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick and Rep. Frank Lucas in that time of tragedy and triumph for the state of Oklahoma. ”
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Oklahoma – R)
“With the anniversary of this terrible tragedy, we will grieve the loss of many innocent adults and children, stand with the survivors and also give thanks for the first responders and the volunteers from Oklahoma and across the country that helped in the aftermath,” said Representative Markwayne Mullin (Cherokee). “It is because of the strength of our communities and the help from Americans across this great nation that our state rebounded stronger than before. And our country came to know the Oklahoma Standard—the way in which Oklahomans come together in times of tragedy and hardship. So from the ashes of this evil act, our state built a message of hope and love. It is through these principles that we can overcome any challenge.”