THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
TEXT OF A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE CITIZENS OF OKLAHOMA CITY April 19, 1999
Greetings to everyone gathered in Oklahoma City to remember those who died in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
The bombing on April 19, 1995, stole the lives of 168 people and brought grief to the victims' families and to our entire nation. This cowardly act of terrorism outraged not only the people of the United States, but also civilized men and women everywhere.
As you gather to mark the fourth anniversary of that tragedy, I know that your memories of the loved ones you lost are undiminished by the passing of time. I know, too, that all Americans still share your sorrow.
Four years ago, you were brought together by your devastating loss. In the years since, you have reached out to forge new ties of community, turning your shared sadness into a source of strength for all Americans. As you prepare to dedicate the national memorial at next year's observance, I commend you for your courage and your dedication in creating a lasting tribute to the memory of your loved ones.
Hillary and I are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
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