As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, and in remembrance of those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever, the Oklahoma City Thunder has partnered with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum in creating the 2019-20 City Edition uniform. This uniform honors the 168 victims, the survivors, the brave first responders and the resilience of Oklahoma City.
The 2019-20 City Edition uniform will be worn numerous times during the upcoming season to be seen by the Thunder's global audience. It is symbolic of an important long-standing partnership between the team and the Memorial. As part of their introduction to Oklahoma City, Thunder players tour this sacred site and are able to personally understand the impact of the bombing on the city and the powerful and inspiring response of the community, known as the Oklahoma Standard.
Featured on the belt buckle of the shorts, the Survivor Tree bore witness to the violence of April 19, 1995, and withstood the full force of the attack. Years later, it continues to stand as a living symbol of resilience.
The bronze design down the sides of the uniform and the 9:01 and 9:03 time stamps featured in the short vents represent the Gates of Time. These monumental twin gates frame the moment of destruction – 9:02 a.m. – and mark the formal entrances to the Memorial. The 9:01 Gate (east gate) represents the innocence of the city before the attack. The 9:03 Gate (west gate) represents the moment we were changed forever, and the hope that came from the horror in the moments and days following the bombing.
The white on the bottom of the side of the shorts represents the Reflecting Pool, a shallow depth of gently flowing water that helps soothe, with calming sounds providing a peaceful setting for quiet thoughts. The placid surface shows the reflection of someone changed forever by their visit to the Memorial.
The anthem on the tag reads "Service," "Honor" and "Kindness," which are core tenets of the Oklahoma Standard. That tragic day in April that altered the face of Oklahoma – and the nation – forever instilled tenderness, selflessness, kindness and generosity that visiting rescue workers and journalists called the Oklahoma Standard. Today, Oklahomans are challenged to live by the standard to serve someone in need; to honor the victims and survivors of the bombing by visiting the Memorial Museum, cheering at the Memorial Marathon or leaving a token of appreciation on a chair in the Memorial; and to believe that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
The inside of the neck features a blue ribbon and an inscription of remembrance. It reads, “We remember those who were changed forever. April 19, 1995.” Blue ribbons were the symbol adopted by the people of Oklahoma City in the aftermath of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing and encourage us to never forget that fateful day in April and its impact.
The back of the neck features a ribbon of Thunder navy, Thunder blue, Thunder sunset and Thunder yellow. This colorful detail represents the many gifts of remembrance and condolences that visitors left at the original site and continue to leave at the Memorial today.