University honors OKC Bombing anniversary with flags

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thursday will mark 17 years since the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Downtown Oklahoma City was bombed.

In remembrance of that historic event, an Oklahoma University is flying special flags over their campus.

If you drive down Memorial Road east of Boulevard this week you're likely not going to miss the field of flags.

They've been set up in remembrance of the events of April 19, 1995.

John DeSteiguer, with Oklahoma Christian University, said, "We have an American flag and an Oklahoma flag placed for each of those that lost their life in the bombing."

There are 168 American flags and another 168 Oklahoma flags proudly waving at those on and off of the campus of Oklahoma Christian University.

DeSteiguer said, "This was a national tragedy, not just one that happened to us locally."

That's why officials here chose to fly both an American flag and an Oklahoma flag in honor of each victim.

Risa Forrester said, "The bombing woke me up, sort of shook me out of bed."

Forrester works for the university and was a student at O.C. when the bombing happened.

She remembers the aftermath well and was excited to see campus staff join together to create this tribute.

Forrester said, "It's a really neat experience."

The flags will stay up until nightfall Wednesday and will placed out again early Thursday.

The hope is that each person who sees this memorial tribute will take a moment to remember the 168 lives lost on that dreadful day.|

DeSteiguer said, "O.C. chooses not to forget. We will remember this."

Forrester said, "I hope they will pause and pay tribute to our city, our state, to the lives of those who were lost and to the survivors. I hope they'll remember; that's what this is all about, remembering."

Oklahoma Christian is also flying a New York state flag on campus today in honor of the victims of 9/11.

They were expecting guests from both tragedies to be on campus Wednesday and wanted to make sure those from New York knew they too will not be forgotten.

LINK: Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

LINK: Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon


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