Guard members remember Oklahoma City bombing [repost]

I wrote this feature on the Oklahoma City bombing 10 years ago. Today (April 19, 2020) is the 25th anniversary. What the National Guard did on that day and following still impresses me. I am certain that many families, friends, and responders today continue to deal with the tragedy, and many Oklahomans drive by the memorial as a reminder to stay vigilant.

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Staff Sgt. David Humphries of the 745th Military Police Company, Oklahoma National Guard, stands watch while rescue operations at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building continue April 20, 1995, the day after the Oklahoma City bombing. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Al Newmeyer, Oklahoma National Guard)

Some describe April 19 as “the day the world began to look at terrorism differently.”

Hundreds of Oklahoma National Guard members will remember today’s date by how they responded 15 years ago to a homeland disaster, unexpectedly, and on a scale never before seen.

At 9:02 a.m., April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was the target of a bombing called “the most significant act of domestic terrorism on American soil.”

A rental truck filled with explosives parked in front of the building exploded, destroying the north side of the building and killing 168, including 19 children. At least 850 more…

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