Oklahoma Memorial dedication ceremonies planned
OKLAHOMA CITY-Invitations for the dedication ceremonies for the permanent memorial to those murdered in the bombing of the Alfred E. Murrah building on April 19, 1995 here have now been sent out to family members, survivors rescue workers and government officials. Work on the Oklahoma City National Memorial has progressed on all sections, including the Rescuers Orchard, Museum and Reflecting Pool. There was a federal credit union on the third floor of the Murrah building, the Federal Employees Credit Union, and 18 FECU employees were among the 168 men, women and children killed in the blast. Many more were badly wounded. While FECU has long-since opened a new facility and expanded its presence in the city, a theme of the CU has been and always will be, "We will never forget," said former CEO Florence Rogers, herself a survivor. Current FECU President Lynette Leonard, during a dedication ceremony of the Remembrance Garden at FECU's new headquarters said "I hear in the wind the word, `remember,' and the word `honor" (CU Times, April 28, 1999). Many national officials are expected to attend the ceremony on April 19, 2000, five years to the date of the explosion. For further information on the memorial, see www.168days.com.