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Thunder alternate jersey honors memory of 1995 OKC bombing

The Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday unveiled the team’s uniform kits for the 2019-20 NBA season, and one alternate jersey will memorialize the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995 as the city prepares for the 25th anniversary of the domestic terrorist attack.

The Thunder issued a series of tweets on Tuesday in which the entire lineup of uniforms is shown, but specific focus was centered on the jerseys created in memory of the tragic events of April 19, 1995.

The Thunder organization also issued a press release about the special alternate jersey.

The uniform design features symbols that represent elements of the memorial. Across the chest, “Oklahoma City” appears in gold-lined letters, with the twin Gates of Time spanning down the side of the jerseys that carry into the shorts. The times 9:01 and 9:03 appear within the vents of the shorts. They reflect the innocence of the city at 9:01 before the attack, followed by the time the city began to come together and heal at 9:03. The white on the side of the shorts represents the Reflecting Pool, a shallow depth of water that provides comfort and peace. “Service,” “Honor” and “Kindness” appear above the jersey’s tag – reflecting the ideals of the Oklahoma Standard, and the manner in which Oklahoma citizens treat one another and their community.

The Survivor Tree, a 90-year-old American elm at the site of the memorial, is also depicted in full color on the belt of the uniform’s shorts. The tree serves as a symbol of human resilience and strength as it withstood the force of the 4,000 pound bomb. Inside the jersey, a blue ribbon is layered with the words, “We Remember Those Who Were Changed Forever, April 19, 1995.” Along the back of the neck, Thunder blue, navy, yellow and sunset stripes tie the uniform to the team’s traditional colors and represent the many gifts of remembrance that visitors left on the fence at the original site and continue to leave at the memorial today.

The bombings, perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, left 168 confirmed dead, 660-plus wounded and countless others left behind who still bear the emotional and physical scars from the act of domestic terrorism.