Friday, April 19, 2013

Eighteen Years Later
We Still Remember

The 18th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City will be observed this morning, beginning at 8:30 CDT.  I am sure there will be prayer.  Governor Mary Fallin will speak at 9:30, after the reading of the names of the 168 victims who were vaporized that warm spring morning.  

At 9:02 am, 168 seconds of silence will be observed, the time when the truck bomb exploded, changing not only the face of OKC and Oklahoma, but also opening the door to the introduction of mass terrorism on our shores.  


Remember when ?  When this sort of shocking tragedy was rare ? 

When one remembered only distant Pearl Harbor?  
Nowadays, the list of terrorized cities is long and bound to get longer still:
OKC, NYC, Shanksville, PA, the Pentagon, Ft. Hood, TX., now add Boston, MA. 

I've likely forgotten one or more, and if I did, I am sorry for not remembering you and your fear.

Now memorials to the dead and wounded stand, where once business and commerce and day-to-day activities took place.
The world is too filled with memorials.

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