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April 19, 2012

Ceremony honors 17th anniversary of OKC bombing

OKLAHOMA CITY — A remembrance ceremony was held Thursday morning to remember the 17th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. At the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, where 168 seconds of silence was observed at 9:02 a.m. to honor of the 168 people killed in the bombing on April 19, 1995.

Family members and rescue workers will read aloud the names of everyone killed in the bombing.

Morgan Merrell, daughter of one of the victims in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, says it’s important to educate future generations about the attack that killed her mother and 167 others. She was a toddler when her mother, Frankie Ann Merrell, died in the blast on April 19, 1995.

Gov. Mary Fallin also attended Thursday’s ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, where 168 seconds of silence were observed at 9:02 a.m.

Timothy McVeigh was convicted on federal murder charges for the deadly bombing and executed in 2001. The bombing was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil before the 9/11 attacks.

Events are scheduled throughout Oklahoma City today.

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