On April 19, 1995, the United States of America was changed forever when Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Building in downtown Oklahoma City. 168 people were killed including 19 children. Beauty for Ashes explores the personal journeys of parents, firefighters and medical workers whose lives were sewn together as they battle grief and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and as they unexpectedly discover the power that was within them to turn their tragedies into triumphs.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” – Isaiah 61: 1-3

Historical Significance of April 19th

April is International Terrorist Month. Terrorists, particularly those who are homegrown in the United States, place significant importance on this date.

  • April 19, 1775 – The Revolutionary War began at Lexington and Concord.
  • April 19, 1993 – The FBI inserted tear gas canisters into the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas in an attempt to force an end to a 53-day standoff. A fire destroyed the compound killing many of the people inside.
  • April 19, 1995 – Timothy McVeigh aided by Terry Nichols parked a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma killing 168 people. McVeigh later sent a letter to Fox News calling the bombing retaliation for government actions in Waco.