Well, it is April again. Normally, people are thinking about spring time and taxes, at least until the 15th of the month. However, today we also need to remember one of the major acts of terrorism that happened here at home – the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.
The truly scary part is that these terrorists were Americans and they killed Americans – homegrown domestic terrorists who were mad at the government and took the lives of 168 American men, women and children.
To show their anger and strike at the government, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols took a rental truck (much like the kind we see everyday on the highway), mixed readily available materials and parked a homemade bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Then they hit the fuse and walked away. The truck exploded, killing some of our fellow Americans as they started their day at work. Eight federal law enforcement agents and officers were killed, along with 19 children in the day care center.
April 19, 2010 marks the 15th anniversary of this horrific event in our Nation’s history. I hope that others join me in remembering those who died that day. Let us not ever forget that day, as it marks the first awakening and a change in our way of life.