April 20, 2012
Dear Families and Friends,
This week the Oklahoma City community is gathering together to remember their loved ones who tragically died in the bombing of the Murrah building seventeen years ago.
The 9/11 families have always had a strong bond with the families and survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing. In the aftermath of 9/11, these kind individuals immediately travelled to New York City to offer our families their sympathy and support. Thanks to the Oklahoma City/ September 11th Family Exchange, arranged by Anthony Gardner every September, the Oklahoma City families attend VOICES Annual Information Forum and Commemorative Luncheon.
The acts of terrorism that took the lives of 168 people in Oklahoma City and 2,977 people in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA, impacted many of us directly and shattered our communities. Yet with the help of our friends from Oklahoma City, we began the healing process, guided by their friendship and encouragement. When I look at pictures of the beautiful memorial in Oklahoma City and those of our recent visit with family members to the 9/11 Memorial, I am reminded of how far we have come with their help. We will always be grateful to the Oklahoma City families who guided us every step of the way.
They are all in our thoughts and prayers as they are observe the seventeenth anniversary.
Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Staff