Congressman James Lankford (R-OK) delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives in remembrance of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK on April 19, 1995.
"April the 19th, 9:02 am central time, my city will stop for a moment of silence. We'll stop, and we'll reflect for 168 seconds. Family and friends will stand on the green grass in the shade of the survivor tree, and we'll read the names of all 168 victims of the April 19, 1995 bombing at the Murrah building in Oklahoma City.
"While the state of Oklahoma remembers, I'd like to ask the nation to also pause for a moment and to remember. Remember the service, the lives, and the families of those we will never forget. To thank again the rescue workers that rushed into a building and who had no idea how stable it really was. To remember again the survivors of that day.
"In the days ahead, our community will visit the 3-acre memorial site, tens of thousands will participate in the Memorial Marathon, and Oklahoma families will again stop, discuss and remember with their children April 19, 1995. And I'd like to encourage the nation to do the same."