It was a peaceful morning on the grounds of the memorial. Monday marked a day Oklahomans have sworn never to forget.
One hundred sixty-eight seconds of silence was held for those killed on April 19th,1995.
“The memory of the bombing leaves us resolved to know the impact of violence and to speak up against political violence,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. “We must actively love.”
With unity at the forefront of the conversation, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, a man who brought the perpetrators to justice, spoke of his experience he remembers clearly.
“Twenty-six years ago, I was sitting at my office; 48 hours after the bombing, I was on the FBI plane to Oklahoma,” Garland said.
A true full circle. As domestic terrorism in the United States soars, Garland said his time in Oklahoma continues to shape him.
“Every year on this day, wherever I am, I reflect on the loss, so many of you feel, and the loss you continue to feel,” said Garland. “Oklahoma City, you are always in my heart.”