Elected officials from across Oklahoma share thoughts on 28th anniversary of OKC Bombing

FILE - In this April 19, 1995, aerial file photo, the north side of the Alfred P. Murrah...
FILE - In this April 19, 1995, aerial file photo, the north side of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is pictured after an explosion that killed 168 people and injured hundreds. The attack on the U.S. Capitol by an angry mob of President Donald Trump's supporters shocked many Americans who thought such a violent assault by their fellow countrymen wasn't possible. But Timothy McVeigh's hatred of the federal government led him to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building over 25 years earlier, on April 19, 1995, and killed 168 people. (AP Photo/File)(AP)
Published: Apr. 19, 2023 at 10:02 AM CDT
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LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - As Oklahoma marks the 28th anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, elected officials from the state are sharing their thoughts on the event.

On Wednesday morning, Governor Kevin Stitt ordered all flags in Oklahoma to be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the lives lost that morning.

Congressman Tom Cole said in his statement he was grateful for the first responders who spent hours and days at the site of the bombing in the days following the attack.

“Twenty-eight years ago today, Oklahoma City was struck by an unconscionable act that shocked the world,” said U.S. Representative Tom Cole. “Since then, we have not forgotten the 168 innocent lives that were senselessly taken, nor the pain and suffering of those left injured and heartbroken. Though this tragic day changed our lives and left a mourning community, Oklahomans showed their strength of character. I will always be grateful for the courage and dedication of our first responders and the outpouring of support from citizens across the country. Today, we remember those we lost, remain grateful for those who helped us in our time of need and resolve to never let evil overcome the good and decency intrinsic to our Oklahoma values.”

On Wednesday morning, Governor Kevin Stitt ordered all flags in Oklahoma to be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the lives lost that morning.

Senior Senator from Oklahoma James Lankford also remembered the victims of the domestic terror attack.

“Every year, Cindy and I join our state and nation in praying for the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and their families. Nothing can ever take the place of a family member who is no longer at the dinner table—which the chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum solemnly remind us. As Oklahomans, we have not let this evil define us but continue to overcome evil with good. Out of the tragedy that claimed 168 lives, the Oklahoma Standard—always jumping in to give whatever help is needed—was born. And the Oklahoma Standard lives on. Let’s continue to honor the memory of those we lost and those whose lives were changed forever by continuing to do good for our families, communities, state, and nation.”

Congressman Frank Lucas said Oklahoma showed the best of humanity on that day as volunteers and first responders from across the state decended on the rubble to help pull victims to safety.

“Every year, on the 19th of April, Oklahomans and people across the country pause to remember the 168 innocent lives who were lost and honor those who survived, those whose lives were changed forever, and the first responders and community who answered the call in Oklahoma’s darkest moment. For many Oklahomans, the wounds of April 19th, 1995 are still painful. Small, giggling children, loving fathers and mothers, and friends and neighbors were ripped from our lives by hate and evil that arose from an extremist ideology. That day, Oklahoma witnessed the absolute worst humanity could do to itself,” said Congressman Lucas.

“We also witnessed the absolute best humanity could do for each other in the response that came afterwards. I’m reminded of the army of first responders who quickly descended onto the rubble on 5th Street between Harvey and Robinson and the comfort and kindness fellow Oklahomans shared while answering the community’s call for care to neighbors and strangers alike. These acts of good came to be known as the Oklahoma Standard- a spirit of community service, generosity, and kindness that’s continued to be enshrined by all Oklahomans, as well as the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. As we bear witness for the memories of those lost, we tell and retell the tragic story of the Oklahoma City bombing to future generations to battle the spread of hate and prevent tragedies like the one we mark today. Oklahoma City will always be in my heart, and just as I do every April 19th, I pray for and remember the children, mothers, fathers, and neighbors who are no longer with us. May their memory help shape a better future for us all.”

Senator Markwayne Mullin added his thoughts for Oklahomans as we remember this day.

“Today, Oklahomans join together in remembering the 168 innocent victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and the loved ones they left behind 28 years ago,” said Senator Markwayne Mullin. “May we continue to honor them, as well as the first responders and all those affected by this horrific act of terrorism. As we mourn this anniversary, we also reflect on the term coined on April 19, 1995: the Oklahoma Standard. We have shown the world that Oklahomans will always rally together to support one another and help their neighbors. From the ashes of tragedy, Oklahomans built a message of hope and love.”