OKLAHOMA CITY - One by one the names were read out loud. 168 people killed on April 19, 1995 in the worst domestic terrorism incident in U.S. history.
Thousands attended the solemn memorial to mark the two decades since the tragedy, and to make sure the legacy of those killed in the attack will never be forgotten.
"When you strip away all the things that divide us, it's important to remember, how tied we are and how much we, all Americans owe Oklahoma City," President Bill Clinton said.
Former President Bill Clinton was in office when the bomb went off in 1995. On Sunday, he marveled at how far Oklahoma City has come.
"For 20 years, you have honored the memories of your loved ones, you have inspired us with the power of your renewal, you have reminded us that we should all live by the Oklahoma standard."
Then-governor, Frank Keating, oversaw the recovery effort. He believes the bombing did not build the character of the people of Oklahoma; he said it revealed what was already there.
"It was astonishing to me that it was a universal culture of sharing."
Those who lived through the tragedy say this city will never be the same; its people changed forever, but their resilience and commitment have never wavered, and this memorial demonstrates just how far they have come.