Thursday, January 15, 2015
by William Crum
Mayor Mick Cornett tempered an upbeat speech on Oklahoma City's progress Wednesday with a reminder of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing.
Nearly 1,500 people attending the State of the City luncheon fell silent as Cornett reminded them April 19, 2015, would be a “milestone in our city's timeline.”
The mayor said 20 years will have passed since the largest act of domestic terrorism in the nation's history — the truck bombing that resulted in the deaths of 168 people in downtown Oklahoma City. Go this year to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Cornett said.
“You owe it to yourself, you owe it to your family, perhaps most of all, we owe it to the lives of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice back in April of '95,” he said.
Sam Presti, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager and a National Memorial trustee, has made a suggestion “we should all embrace,” Cornett said.
During the month of April, Presti and the group's trustees are asking every Oklahoma City area resident “to perform one act of kindness, one act of service, and one act of honor.”
“Imagine how powerful that can be when we do it as a community,” Cornett said.