Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement on the 28thanniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:
“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.”
Lucas recently sat down for a podcast interview with Kari Watkins, President & CEO of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, to reflect on the 28th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and how important the actions of the community on that tragic day led to what is a somber yet inspiring memorial and museum.