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Another Anniversary

It's April 19th, the 7th anniversary of the bombing.

   (Outgoing message on Kay's answering machine) Thank you for calling on this anniversary of my brother's murder. Please know how much your thoughts and support have meant to me and my parents. Your kind message will be most valued.

    (Television reporter) "Several families from New York traveled here to Oklahoma. Many of them say they share a special bond with Oklahoma City families even though most of them have never set foot in our state before tonight."

 Paul Ice's chair at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Each of the 168 victims is represented by a chair, arranged according to the floor they were on when the bomb went off. Photo: Stephen Smith

(Kay in Oklahoma) Do you know where all the New York families are? I'm one of the people who's gone to New York a couple of times. The group, do you know if the rest of the group got in last night? Anthony Gardener and the other group?

(NY man) "Yeah, I saw Anthony. He's here."

(Kay) Okay.

(NY woman) "Did Priscilla find you?"

(Kay) Hi guys! I'm so glad you two made it. Hi Lorraine. This is just so nice of you guys.

(Woman speaker) "For us in Oklahoma City, it has been 7 years. For others it has just been 7 months since the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the downed flight in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

(Male speaker) "On September 11, all of us came to realize that the attack that took place here was the first, but unfortunately not the last of what will be a long war against terrorism."

 This wreath for Paul hangs on the fence outside the Oklahoma City National Memorial at the bombing site. Every year, an anonymous friend of Paul's buys season tickets for his high school football team, the "Midwest City Bombers" and hangs them on the wreath. Photo: Kay Fulton

If McVeigh Had Seen 9/11

Today is Saturday, April 20, the day after the anniversary—7th anniversary—and all the New York people have gone home. I just kind of wanted to come down to the memorial again after the big crowds were gone. It's a very cloudy, misty day and its quiet and tranquil. There's a few visitors here, but looking out on the reflecting pool, it's nice, it's still. It seems somehow appropriate for the day after the anniversary.

I thought during the day, at some point during the day it hit me, Tim McVeigh portrayed himself as a patriot. If September 11 had happened before April 19, 1995, if he had witnessed what had happened to our country, I wonder if he might have used his anger or restlessness or whatever you would call it, to maybe go fight the terrorists instead of focusing on his own fellow citizens.

This has just been an unbelievable journey. These 7 years it's been amazing how much has happened. The people I have met! The anniversaries, witnessing the execution and getting past that. And then September 11 happening. It was so awful—what happened to us on April 19 —but it's a different life for me now.

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