During the Will Rogers Writing Workshop held in Oklahoma City in 2007, many NSNC participants were privileged to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial, only a short walk from the conference hotel and convention center. The inspiring memorial is dedicated to the remembrance of victims and survivors of the April 19, 1995, Federal Building bombing.
This April marks the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, an act which shocked the nation. Law enforcement officials and domestic-terror experts, as well as Bill Clinton and other politicians will reflect on “how the country reacted to it, and what lessons we can learn from it today about our political discourse.”
Timothy McVeigh’s actions prompted a significant increase in security at federal buildings across the nation. No one, not even his lawyers, doubted that he bombed the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 men, women, and children, in the worst single incident of domestic terrorism in the history of the United States at that time. Far from denying his crime, McVeigh seemed proud of it. He was found guilty and later was executed for the crime without ever showing any remorse for his actions.