Families reflect during the 19th Oklahoma City Bombing Remembrance Ceremony
By Chelsea Washington
OKLAHOMA CITY — There are some moments you never forget.You remember what you were doing and even wearing. Back on April 19th in 1995, Clint Hodges was seventeen years old."I got a call from my mom and she said that was coming home because there was a little explosion in my dad's building I didn't have the TV on so I didn't know and I turned on the TV and saw that it was little more than a little explosion," Hodges said.See photos from the Remembrance Ceremony here. Hodges's Father Thompson worked for HUD on the seventh floor of the Murrah building. He was one of the 168 people including 19 children who woke up, went about their daily routine, but never made it home that day."He was really involved in our lives. He was really quiet and gentle and kind and caring. He was everything I'd like to be in a father," Hodges said. And so today because they can't meet their grandfather Hodges's children come to visit his chair. "I see him in my two daughters and my son and so everyday I think about him," Hodges said. Krista Genzer was just 11 years old, when she lost her mother Jamie who was a loan officer on the third floor of the Murrah building."She finds a way in our everyday lives to show her presence, she send us signs often that she is still with us," said Genzer. The annual ceremony allows her a chance to reflect and release.And Governor Mary Fallin, who was the Lt. Governor in 1995, also offered words of hope."Heaven is for real, God is real and he is here to comfort us and to be with us during our challenging times. May God bless Oklahoma and may God bless America, thank you," Fallin said.
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