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25 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing, Anxiety Remains High

The Oklahoma City Murrah Building after the 1995 bombing.
OKC Bombing Memorial
The Oklahoma City Murrah Building after the 1995 bombing.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Americans have been through a lot in the 25 years since the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, including foreign wars, mass shootings and the deadly Sept. 11 attacks.

But on April 19, 1995, the attack on the nation’s heartland shocked Americans out of their sense of security.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum has canceled the ceremony for 25th anniversary remembrance amid the coronavirus outbreak, denying the chance to collectively grieve a past tragedy because a current one is unfolding. Instead, it will offer a one-hour television program that includes the reading of the names of the 168 people killed in the bombing.

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