Article by Joanna Molloy | New York Daily News | Published: April 17, 2013

As Boston reels from the most devastating terror attack on U.S. soil since 9-11, survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing can’t help but think back to what happened in 1995 — not that they need any reminders.

The anniversary of the tragedy in Oklahoma City is Friday, and with the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday happening so close to April 19, many were left to wonder if the timing was actually mere coincidence.

Amid the flood of memories that rushed back, Oklahoma City survivors like Sheila Kidder and Ernestine Clark spoke about how Boston can move past the unthinkable.
They speak from experience and bitter understanding.

They offer hope, if not a guarantee that the pain will one day ease.

Kidder, who worked for the federal department of Housing and Urban Development in 1995 and was inside the Oklahoma City federal building when it was bombed, said Boston survivors must never forget the three who were killed and the more than 170 who were injured.

“You have to go on and live your life and honor them every day,” said Kidder, who lost 35 co-workers during the 1995 blast.

By that example, Kidder will run the Oklahoma City marathon on Apr. 28, all the while thinking about the lives that were lost or forever changed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the worst Patriot’s Day the proud port city has ever known.

Former Oklahoma state representative Susan Winchester, whose sister Peggy Clark was among 168 killed in the Oklahoma City, told the Daily News: “We know exactly what the people in Boston are going through. It never goes away.”

Winchester, who helped raise the three young girls her sister left behind, says of OKC bomber Timothy McVeigh: “He thought he could bring us to our knees. And then he saw what we were about.”

What McVeigh and the Boston bomber or bombers did “is pure evil,” Winchester proclaimed. “They want to intimidate you. They want to put fear in you. You can’t let that happen. When that happens, they win. And that’s not what we’re about. You can curl up in a corner, or you can go on.”

Dr. R. Murali Krishna was chief of staff of the hospital nearest to the federal building in Oklahoma City.

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