Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Nation, World Turn Attention to Memorial

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Nation, World Turn Attention to Memorial

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Events surrounding next week's dedication of the Oklahoma National Memorial are drawing attention from around the nation and the world.

More than 700 requests for media credentials have been received for the Oklahoma National Memorial Dedication on Wednesday.

More than 4,000 people are expected to attend a related by- invitation luncheon.

President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the public dedication ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, five years after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people.

Other speakers will include Mayor Kirk Humphreys, Gov. Frank Keating, Sen. Don Nickles, Director Robert Stanton of the National Park Service and Janet Reno, U.S. attorney general.

A private dedication ceremony for survivors, families and rescue workers is scheduled at 8:30 a.m.

Prudence Bushnell, former ambassador to Kenya and current ambassador to Guatemala, will be the speaker at the luncheon, which is part of the Oklahoma City Memorial Institute on the Prevention of Terrorism. Bushnell's topic will be "The Human Cost of Terrorism."

The invitational luncheon is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Myriad Convention Center arena.

The luncheon program also includes Don Ferrell, chairman of the Institute on the Prevention of Terrorism; Humphreys; Keating; Bernadine Healey, president of the American Red Cross, and a panel discussion on counter terrorism policy.

The luncheon will be the closing event in "Terrorism and Beyond The 21st Century," a conference addressing terrorist threats, motivations, concerns, policies and predictions. The conference is scheduled Monday-Wednesday at the Myriad.

The Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism is the third component for the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The institute will be in the Journal Record Building and has its own nine-member board of directors. …

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