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Oklahoma City Bombing


Oklahoma City Bombing
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Definition: On the morning of April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City became forever linked to one of the nation's most horrific events. Timothy McVeigh, who would later be executed for the crime, parked a truck full of explosives in front of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. The explosion was felt for miles, and 168 people were killed.

For a more thorough explanation of McVeigh's motives, accomplices and post-bombing investigation, see this article by About.com's Jennifer Rosenberg.

The effects of the Oklahoma City bombing on the city will never cease to be felt in the hearts of its people, but we find peace and solace in the Oklahoma City National Memorial. A monument of strength through reflection and remembrance, the Memorial helps to turn this terrible tragedy into something positive. While the bombing will always be a signature component of Oklahoma City's identity, it will be the courage, caring and resilience it symbolizes that occupies a far greater importance than the act itself. Get a full map with driving directions to the OKC National Memorial.
Also Known As: Oklahoma City Tragedy, OKC Bombing, Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Bombing, Oklahoma City Explosion
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