WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford (R-Okla.) praised the passage of S.Res.139 on Thursday evening, a Senate resolution authored by the Oklahoma senators commemorating the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
The text of the resolution acknowledges the Oklahoma City bombing as one of the worst terrorist attacks on United States' soil, killing 168 people and injuring more than 850. It commends the remarkable efforts of first responders in Oklahoma and across the nation that day and in the weeks following who lent their services to assist the injured, comfort the community, and provide support to those affect by the terrorist act. The resolution also celebrates the fulfillment of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, and applauds the people of Oklahoma City for making tremendous progress over the past two decades, demonstrating perseverance as they stand as a beacon to the rest of the United States attesting to the strength of goodness in overcoming evil wherever it arises in our midst.
For a copy of the resolution, click here.
In an Oklahoma delegation press release, Inhofe and Lankford provided the following statements on the 20th anniversary of the bombing:
“Today we remember the 168 Oklahomans, including young children, who were killed in an evil act of domestic terrorism in Oklahoma City,” said Inhofe. “We remember the rescue workers, the firefighters and everyone who rushed to the scene to provide aid and extend comfort. What arose from the rubble that day was the Oklahoma Standard – strangers helping strangers, giving sacrificially for the betterment of our great state. Since then, the rest of the nation has seen this rich characteristic on display time and again as Oklahomans pull up their boots in trying times and walk forward with hope that comes from banding together. May we stand in solidarity today to remember the victims, to give thanks to first responders, and to continue to pray for Oklahoma and the families and friends who lost loved ones on April 19, 1995.”
“On this solemn anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, my family and staff remember the lives that were lost 20 years ago,” said Lankford. “We remember the first responders who acted selflessly in a time of need. We remember the families who lost loved ones, and we remember the survivors who continue to re-count and re-live that fateful day. We lift up the families impacted by this tragic event and all Oklahomans who did not let fear overcome their love for our fellow man. When faced with anguish, Oklahomans thrived. We did not allow our hope to fade. Our state experienced firsthand Psalm 34:18 which says, ‘the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit’. This year we are all finding practical ways to serve each other, even those we disagree with, so we never again allow anger to blind our eyes to one another. May God bless our state, and may we never lose our resilient Oklahoma spirit.”