An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 19, 2007

Where Were You When You Heard The News?

Filed under: History — olbroad @ 12:16

On 19 April 1995, I was living in Houston at the time, going to school to learn computer skills and working part time.  It was a short day for me, so I was on my way home around 1:00pm.   I turned on my radio to catch Rush, and heard instead about the bombing in Oklahoma City.  No one knew much at that time, speculation was high that it was some Islamic terror group.  I arrived home and immediately turned on the television, where I sat, in total disbelief until it was time to pick up my granddaughter from daycare.  It was even more of a shock to find out one of “our own” could even conceive of such an act.

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The feelings of that day are burned into my heart and mind.

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May the Good Lord grant us all peace.

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24 Comments »

  1. […] Where Were You When You Heard The News? […]

    Pingback by Blue Collar Republican » Blog Archive » Blog Burst April 19, 2007 — April 19, 2007 @ 7:08

    • I was a court reporter covering a death penalty case in South Carolina. When the news hit, many of us gathered around a TV in shock. There we were hearing about a horrific crime only to find about one that was even worse happening a few states away.

      Comment by Amy — April 19, 2010 @ 10:04

  2. I was at work with no tv or radio. I heard about it late that afternoon when I called another law office and got the news from the hold “music.” When I got home and found out there was a day care on the 2nd floor, I was beside myself. Any loss of life is tragic, but innocent babies compounds it a million fold. The rescue workers that day defined bravery.

    Comment by rosettaresearch — April 19, 2007 @ 11:21

  3. I was at work in Edmond, OK about 10 miles north of the bombing. We were just about to open shop, I was standing in the garage talking with my boss. We heard the aluminum garage door rattle, I thought it’s too soon for delivery, followed immediately by the roof crackling. They were building a new resturant next door, I thought, WOW they’ve hit a gas line or something. We threw open the garage door and everyone was looking south. Ran through the shop and out the front door to look that way. We could see a bit of smoke downtown. We went back into the shop and turned on the local talk radio station and sat listening stunned all day… You know as vividly as I remember all of it, I don’t remember a single paying customer that day, everyone just stopped by to talk.

    My brother had taken my old delivery route and I knew when I found out what had happened that he delivered 3 blocks south of there at approximately that time. I knew that I had trained him what route to follow and it took him right next to the building. I tried calling but couldn’t get through. I found out later that he was just getting out of the truck getting there, so he had driven by only seconds before… South of the building wasn’t really hurt, the building shielded it…

    Comment by Okie Kajun — October 9, 2007 @ 10:06

  4. the picture of the baby girl is heartbreaking i cant believe an american citizen would do such a thing we will be praying for her and her family

    Comment by jessica — November 9, 2007 @ 7:45

  5. All I can say is: with proper parenting, no human being with a soul could commit this atrocious, despicable, and FUCKING DISGUSTING! act of cowardice and inhumanity. The human being (if that) which committed this act should be stricten from history, his family should be tortured, his family’s friends should be murdered WTF!!! THERE FUCKING KKIDS!!! YOU MOTHER FUCK! WTF!>?!?>>!

    I get carried away, honestly I wouldn’t care what happend to that thing (Timothy McVay) he should have been put to hell on earth (torture till the day he dies (the longer the better)) FUCK!

    Comment by these people need parents — April 24, 2009 @ 6:12

  6. I was in the daycare…. Which was actually across the street.

    Comment by Jack — July 25, 2009 @ 11:40

  7. My parents were at home and they felt the ground shake. My mother actually worked in that building 3 months before the bombing.

    Comment by CP — August 3, 2009 @ 1:38

  8. The baby girl,Baylee Almon was only 1years old and she died right after the picture was taken.She would be 15 righ now if she lived. The firefighter is Chris Fields.

    Comment by Kelsey Reed — September 2, 2009 @ 10:41

  9. I was eating a fart

    Comment by canada Jones — September 7, 2009 @ 11:32

  10. I was sleeping just 5 miles from where the bomb went off. I awoke to pictures rattling on the walls, and everything shaking kind of like an earthquake aftershock. What happened over the next few weeks left an imprint on my soul. There are many bad stories, which most of us have heard, but there are so many good stories also. The way people came together was really unbelievable. I’m not a native Oklahoman, but I learned what Oklahomans are made of. They are tough, and they are caring. I’ve never been so proud to be human as I was in the aftermath of that tragedy.
    The recent events in Haiti, and even 911 can bring back terrible memories. The injuries (crushing, amputations, burns, lacerations flying debris etc..) all remind me of the kinds of stuff we saw after the bombing. The people looking for their loved ones, not knowing if they’re trapped and alive. The smell. Some things you don’t forget. Above all, I’ll never forget the kindness, the unity, the compassion, and the resilience the people of Oklahoma City showed at that time.

    Comment by Peej — February 10, 2010 @ 7:05

  11. This is horrible that poor family lot their baby girl. I dont know what i would do if i lost mine.

    Comment by Emily — March 1, 2010 @ 8:25

  12. Man my moms friend from school died in that. This is why she cant really talk about this.

    Comment by Tyler — March 15, 2010 @ 2:31

  13. the picture of the little girl is so sad! i started crying so hard when i saw it. i wasn’t born when the building blew up. my sister and mom were in the building a week before the attack. if i was the fire fighter i would be crying like heck. i would probably fall 2 my knees. i feel bad for the relatives of that little girl. she had her first b-day a day before she died.

    Comment by Megan — April 4, 2010 @ 11:52

  14. I was in the Persian Gulf aboard a US Navy ship…. I didn’t hear about it til the next day! Being from Oklahoma it really hits home! It was a sad sad day for everyone! I had friends who worked the scene and family members who knew people inside the building that didn’t make it out. This is one good reason I’m glad we keep the fight overseas! Some countries deal w/ this kind of tragedy on a regular basis! Thank God we live in the USA!!! God Bless all those who perished and their family members and God Bless all those who risked their lives to try and save even one life in that devastation!

    Comment by James — April 19, 2010 @ 7:36

  15. I was only a year old that day, but from what my mom tells me, it was a horrible day. She said that I was siting in my high chair when she felt a rumble that shook pictures off the walls. Frightened, she called my dad who told her to turn on the news. She didn’t stop crying till the next day. I can’t really say what I was thinking that day, but I did visit the memorial in later years. I’m proud to call myself an Oklahoman because of the immediate action and love that We took to help. I was fortunate because my mom had been thinking about taking me to the daycare… thank God I didn’t. To all the people who lost loved ones, I say to you that I am sorry and to all the children who never got to experience all the things they would’ve, to you I say, I won’t let you down.

    Comment by Jazmin — April 19, 2010 @ 8:07

  16. i heard the fireman commited suicide that same year, because of survivers guilt r.i.p. we all miss you i am ashamed of that horrible man….

    Comment by Maddie — April 19, 2010 @ 8:13

  17. may everyone that died that day rest in peace~ love all and this was a very said day~

    Comment by bethany — April 20, 2010 @ 8:48

  18. At the time of the bombing my family and i were living in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. I was born in ’93 and my mom was a young mother. My mom told me that when she found out about the bombing she was heart broken, being a new mother and hearing about all the childeren and parents that had lost their lives. It impacted her, she started to have a different outlook. Recently in September of 2009 we relocated to Edmond, Oklahoma. We went to the Museum and the memorial of the bombing. I learned so much visiting the bomb site. My heart hurts for all the people and everyones family. What happened that day was a horrible act of cruelty. I am now 16 years old and this has impacted my life. I can not imagine what those poeple had to go through but they are all strong human beings. I can not imagine that someone with a soul would do such a thing its devistating. I hope the people that lost loved ones are possibly copping with the trauma<3

    Comment by Taylor Eve — April 20, 2010 @ 10:09

  19. i am sorry for that

    Comment by keyla — April 21, 2010 @ 1:48

  20. i am sorry for that

    Comment by racheal — April 21, 2010 @ 1:50

  21. my dad was a resuer.one of my granpas died in it.

    Comment by adddiyn — April 22, 2010 @ 9:06

  22. I didn’t know about the bombing (being only 2 when it happened) until just recently when completing a school project. I can’t even imagine what those families are going through. I learned about this around when Anwar Al Awlaki was on the news for being on the the capture or kill list. They both really hit home for being AMERICAN terrorists!

    Comment by Lindsay — May 27, 2010 @ 8:22

  23. I was in my second grade class. It was such a horrifying event. It was story time and all of us kids were gathering around on the rug and all the sudden our elementary school shook and the power went off. Later that day when I got home from school I noticed my mother sitting in our dark home watching tv, crying hysterically telling me to go into the other room. That evening when it was passed time for my time to be home and he wasn’t my mother informed me that my dad was downtown that day and there was a lot more damage than just to one building and even worse she wasn’t able to get a hold of him. My heart sank into my stomach. My dad ended up coming home late because of it all, but thank God he made it out of there. I tell you, being 23 years old I can still remember every detail of that day and it was undescribable. I hurt so deeply for children that lost parents and parents that lost children. Over the next couple of days our school learned several students lost their parents, friends, relatives, etc. We planted several trees in the front of our school in honor of the victims. There was a set of twins, in particular that lost their mother and that story has stuck with me this entire time. My mother dated a guy who was recruitted to OKC to work on the chaos, if you will, and he was never the same. Years of counceling has not been able to stop his endless nightmares. The memorial has such an amazing impact on you. To think, we as Oklahomans are strong enough to pick up the pieces especially after being mortified and embarrassed it was a selfish, soulless, flawed character of our own. My love and care go out to all that were not as lucky as I and those will forever remain in my heart and memory. I pat your back for being so brave at a devastating time like that!

    Comment by Lauren — June 15, 2010 @ 6:43


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