The 17th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony will begin at 8:55 a.m. on Thursday, April 19th, on the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial. Governor Mary Fallin and Mayor Mick Cornett are scheduled to join this year's ceremony. Memorial Foundation Chairman Gary Pierson will emcee the event.
Similar to previous years, 168 seconds of silence will be observed at 9:02 a.m., reflecting the moment the nation was changed forever. The ceremony will start with a bagpipe procession of the ceremony participants, led by Pipe Sergeant Kevin M. Donnelly of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Black and Gold Pipes and Drums.
Edmond North High School Orchestra will provide the music, and Charity Logan will perform a special song before the reading of the 168 names. Morgan Merrell, whose mother Frankie Ann Merrell was killed on April 19, 1995, will talk about teaching the next generation this story before the reading of the 168 names of lives lost in the tragedy, read by family members and representation from five Oklahoma rescue worker agencies.
Cox Communications will again sponsor free admission to the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum for all visitors on Thursday, April 19th. The Museum will open at 10 a.m., following the Remembrance Ceremony and will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Cox Community Day aims to ensure all are able to learn the lessons of the Oklahoma City bombing, and we encourage all to join us during this day of remembrance.