‘You were strong. You were unbending,’ FBI Director speaks of Oklahoma’s courage during bombing 20 years ago

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

As a special guest of the remembrance ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City, FBI Director James Comey recalled the courage of Oklahomans. 

“You were strong. You were fearless. You understood, even in the face of such terrible hatred, that courage is stronger than fear, love is stronger than hatred, and hope is stronger than grief,” said Comey. 

The ceremony was held at The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. It is the site of tragedy and healing.

"It is not the moment that defines us. It is not the act itself that shapes our destiny. It is what comes next,” Comey told the crowd.

The FBI lost 8 agents on that day in 1995 along with 160 other Oklahomans.

“There is evil in this world. You know that to be true. You have lived that truth. But know this: We in the FBI will do all that we can, all that we must, to find and stop that evil, so that you never again need to endure such darkness. We will do all that we can to ensure that justice and the rule of law trump savagery and hatred. We will do all that we can to keep you safe,” he said. “That is our standard.”

Watch his entire and powerful tribute in the video above.