25 years ago, the United States witnessed the worst act of domestic terrorism ever committed on its own soil, the Oklahoma City Bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. It was meant to be a symbolic attack against our government and targeted not only the building, but also the people who worked there; the day care center caring for the staff’s children was also close to where the bomb went off. It is hard to know exactly how to honor the memory of the 168 innocent people who died and the 500 others who were injured. Sadly, horrific acts of domestic terror are becoming far too common in our American life. Not even our schools and places of worship are safe from these senseless acts of violence. We as a Nation need to keep these memories alive to provide a better, safer society for future generations. Today we stop to reflect and morn those lost on this tragic day 25 years ago.
We also honor and recognize the bravery and resilience of the everyday heroes, the first responders who rushed in to save the injured. Against all odds, these valiant men and woman were there to help in any way they could, without really knowing what had just happened, or what might happen next.
In tragedy, people come together. After the bombing, a makeshift fence was erected to preserve the site as best as possible. Loved ones, community members and more showed up with poems, photos, condolences, and various other messages to honor those who lost their lives. Later, the fence was converted into a permanent Outdoor Symbolic Memorial.
Since the attack, the building was resurrected, and a park was built on the site. The day following the attack, President Clinton, recognizing the vulnerability of federal facilities ordered assessments for new minimum standards for security. The Oklahoma City bombing raised new awareness of the potential for violence and the vulnerability of federal facilities. New safety standards were issued to provide a safer future for those who would continue with their duties and daily lives not only at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, but for all federal facilities. We at Hinman honor these victims and first responders and are proudly committed to providing safe and secure designs for years to come.