Survivors, rescue workers and the family members of victims of the Oklahoma City bombing have observed the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack.
About 1,500 people gathered Saturday at the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building to remember those lost in the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.
Gov. Mary Fallin says the horror and brutality of the attack can never be forgotten.
"It was an attack that could have crippled our city, crippled our state," Fallin said. "It could have left people hopeless but it did not. We worked together and comforted each other. We rebuilt and today are a more prosperous city and a stronger state."
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says the Oklahoma City National Memorial, located on the site of the former federal building, serves as a lasting tribute to those who lost their lives.
"As I travel, people tell me how much their lives were changed just by a simple visit to this place," Cornett said. "Geographically, it is the center of the country, the center of the state, the center of the city but I would maintain this is the heart of our country, this is the heart of our state, the heart of our city”
Following the ceremony, families placed wreaths, flowers and children's toys on 168 empty chairs on the grounds of the memorial that represent each of the bombing's victims.
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