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Survivor remembers Oklahoma City bombing 26 years later, reflects on Oklahoma Standard

KOCO Oklahoma City logo KOCO Oklahoma City 4/19/2021
a person in a suit standing in front of a building: We remember the 168 lives lost and the survivors of the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. © KOCO 5 We remember the 168 lives lost and the survivors of the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

We remember the 168 lives lost and the survivors of the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum held its annual remembrance ceremony on Monday, reading the names of those killed in the bombing. Survivors and their families also were invited to the ceremony, which was limited as a safety precaution amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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So many people have so many stories to share of that day. From being hit with the blast to pulling children out of the day care, all of the stories are emotional and heavy.

But something else they have in common is the Oklahoma Standard – that we come together to help each other and to rebuild.

“I’m probably the only one alive, still alive, who saw the flash,” Calvin Moser said.

Moser was inside the federal building when the bomb went off.

“I was on the eighth floor, next to the glass wall,” he said.

Somehow, he survived the blast.

“I was fortunate enough to be so close to the glass wall, the glass windows, about 2 inches away,” Moser said. “Well, it picked me up and threw me in the building.”

Even in his state of shock, Moser told KOCO 5 that he tried to find that bomber.

“I went back to the window area to see if I could see anyone running off or what happened,” he said.

But all he saw was destruction.

“Those memories come back and make it pretty emotional,” Moser said.

Even 26 years later, those memories are still just as vivid for Moser.

“Remembering back to those that we lost, and that’s the part that’s difficult,” he said.

But Moser said some good came out of the evil.

“There was no one running away,” he said. “They ran here to try and help their fellow man.”

Moser said Oklahomans bonded and healed together.

“And that’s something that is the Oklahoma Standard,” he said.

Moser and his wife said the remembrance ceremony is something they look forward to every year so they can pay their respects to the lives lost and to bond with the fellow survivors.

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