FBI Oklahoma City
Press Office
April 18, 2019

FBI Oklahoma City Field Office Observes 24th Anniversary of Oklahoma City Bombing

OKLAHOMA CITY—On April 19, 2019, members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Oklahoma City Field Office participated in several remembrance ceremonies marking the 24th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing.

On the morning of April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh parked a rented Ryder truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and detonated a self-assembled bomb. This act of homegrown terrorism claimed the lives of 168 innocent individuals, including 19 children, leaving several hundred more injured.

During a remembrance ceremony held at the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office, employees observed 168 seconds of silence at precisely 9:02 a.m., the moment the bomb exploded.

Special Agent in Charge Kathryn Peterson honored the service of current FBI employees for their actions as first responders in the aftermath of the bombing.

Leadership of the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office attended a remembrance ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum alongside survivors, families of victims, first responders, and dignitaries. Speakers addressed the actions of law enforcement partners following the bombing as well an outpouring of generosity by the state’s residents following the tragic events, which has since become known as the ‘Oklahoma Standard'.

The FBI, its Joint Terrorism Task Forces, and the thousands of individuals across the Bureau remain dedicated to combating and dismantling acts of terrorism both domestically and internationally.