Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Danny Gokey was the guest artist for the 24th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Twenty four years ago, on April 19, 1995 a car bomb placed by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, happened at 9:02 am. It killed 168 people, injured more than 680 others, and destroyed one-third of the building.
The ceremony commemorates those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. After the bagpipes and the invited speakers enter, Danny opened the ceremony by singing “I Will Not Say Goodbye”. Unfortunately the audio for this song is not good. However, I love that Danny was invited to sing such a beautiful and appropriate song for this remembrance gathering.
Fortunately they had mostly worked out Danny’s microphone issues when he sang the National Anthem for the rising of the flag. It starts at about 19:00. The ceremony featured speakers, 169 seconds of silence, and family and friends reading each of the 168 names.
By the time Danny sang his song, “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” all audio issues were resolved. It begins around the 38 minute mark in the video below: