26 years since the Oklahoma City bombing

April 19, 1995, a day that changed Oklahoma and that Oklahomans will never forget. A bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.

More than 25 years later, Oklahomans continue the tradition of honoring the lives lost or affected by the bombing.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum hosted the 26th annual Remembrance Ceremony, beginning at 8:45 a.m.

The ceremony included 168 seconds of silence beginning at 9:02 a.m.

This year, two new exhibits are opening at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. One is from Broken Arrow High School students honoring the victims by creating art that is displayed at the memorial site. The students researched each person and created a piece of art honoring them.

The second new exhibit reveals how the community and the state came together to honor and remember the lives lost. This exhibit shows how strong Oklahoma is and how cities across the world now turn to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum as a “blueprint to help them both recover and rebuild.”

Many Oklahomans remember the day the bombing happened. FOX23 reflects on those moments and the days after:

After the ceremony, families were handed seedlings from the Survivor Tree.

Current U.S. Attorney General and former prosecutor Merrick Garland for Timothy McVeigh’s case, returned today to pay his respects to the 168 victims from the bombing.

Daughter recounts memory of father, a victim of the Oklahoma City bombing and the impact of this year’s memorial from the pandemic.

An iconic photo capturing a now retired Oklahoma City firefighter rescuing one of the youngest victims, a baby, from the rubble of the Oklahoma City bombing remembered today. The mother and her family shares memories as they pay tribute each year to the Oklahoma City bombing memorial.

A family that lost a grandmother is teaching the rising generations within their own family, the importance of paying respects each year at the memorial.