Rep. Duel: Remembering the OKC Bombing

April 19, the Oklahoma House of Representatives remembered the 28th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing with a presentation and the reading of a resolution.

The bombing happened at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, in downtown Oklahoma City, taking the lives of 168 people and injuring more than 850 others. It is the worst domestic terrorist attack ever to occur in United States history.

House Resolution 1011, authored by Rep. Rick West, sent a heartfelt remembrance to the families, friends and neighbors of those killed and injured in the terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and expressed gratitude to those who answered the call for help.

We had the great honor of hearing from Charlie Hanger. His story is proof that one cop can have an incredible impact with one single traffic stop. Charlie shared with us his unique story of that day.

Charlie made a routine traffic stop that ended in the arrest of Timothy McVeigh, who was later charged and convicted for the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

We must always remember those whose lives were lost. House District 31 will never forget.

From April 19 – 22, Guthrie celebrates the annual ’89er Day commemorating the Land Run of 1889 and the birth of Guthrie. On April 22, 1889, tens of thousands of excited land seekers lined the borders of the Unassigned Lands of central Oklahoma in preparation for the first of five land runs in the state.

​​The City of Guthrie, the site of much of the Land Run’s initial settlement and the first Territorial Capital, held the inaugural ’89er Day celebration on the famous land opening’s first anniversary. The ceremony, which has continued over many years, received formal organization in 1911 when Guthrie citizens joined the town’s chamber of commerce to host a parade and banquet.

In 1935 the annual festivities received official sanction when the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate authored Senate Concurrent Resolution Number 16, which provided for a “proper celebration” of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Unassigned Lands for settlement. This Resolution also named Guthrie as the “official” celebration site for the future.

Today, we still commemorate this historical event in Guthrie. The celebration includes a family carnival, chuck wagon and feed option, ’89er queen competition, and the largest, oldest parade in Oklahoma history!

I am thankful and honored that the constituents of House District 31 have entrusted me with the responsibility of serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any concerns at 405-557-7350 or

Rep. Collin Duel, a Republican, serves District 31 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which covers Logan and Oklahoma counties


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