OKC 4-19-95 – In Memory
It seems another lifetime ago, and in some ways it was. Sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, horses filled days. There was a different struggle and sometimes we don’t get second chances. On April 19, 1995, 20 years ago this morning, many never got that second chance.
I don’t have to pull up the images to see them. Had made a run to town to get something and chatted for a few minutes with a better friend than I deserved, Stuart Craig. I don’t remember what about – ordinary things in passing. The morning was about to become not ordinary, as getting home the images and breaking news dominated the screen. Right there in Oklahoma was ground zero for a horrific scene.
Living in Oklahoma at the time it was the beginning of the end. Things are forever changed. America moved on but for many it’s still thisclose.
Today Timothy McVeigh has long since been executed for his actions in bringing terror to Oklahoma. My mom had visited a few times and sent photos of the Memorial. She, too, is gone and I’ve not been able to return to Oklahoma City. Maybe someday.
Words are tough. Garth Brooks found some words to music that captures the underlying feeling of many.
“This heart still believes…”
Twenty years ago right now. Never forget. Some can’t.