The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 April 2005

What they said

A sampling of quotes from yesterday's memorial service downtown:

"I was struck by the words of one survivor who said, 'We can never forget. We don't even want to forget.' That's the spirit of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and it so perfectly reflects the character of the United States." — Vice President Dick Cheney

"Let us also honor those victims by looking to the future. Let us honor them by living lives of joy, of meaning, of love and fulfillment — the lives that they would want us to lead." — Governor Brad Henry

"Trees are good symbols for what you did. You can't forget the past of a tree. It's in the roots, and if you lose the roots, you lose the tree. But the nature of a tree is to always reach for tomorrow — and to always find regenerative power from season to season." — Former President Bill Clinton

"We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity." — Mission statement of the Oklahoma City National Memorial

And the National Memorial presented its first Reflections of Hope Award to the Voice of Afghan Women radio station in Kabul. The awards were created to honor "a living person or group whose extraordinary work has significantly impacted a community, state or nation" and "exemplifies that hope not only survives but also thrives in the wake of political violence." The station (at 91.6 MHz) first signed on in March 2003. The award includes a cash prize of $10,000.

Posted at 6:31 AM to City Scene