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June 15, 2016

On the 1st anniversary of the Owings Nebraska explosion patrons gathered to remember those perished.


On the 1st anniversary of the Owings Nebraska explosion patrons,families gather to remember those who perished.

The first anniversary of the Owings explosion was marked by solemn remembrance of those lost along with prayers, speeches and a moment of silence. Mayor Anthony Freely led the city’s official observances, joining others to lay wreaths at ground zero where 27 were killed and 38 others injured.

Agnes Haig, 44, of Kearney, who’s neighbors were lost in the disaster was on hand for the wreath-laying ceremony.

‘I just wanted to be here for the families of those who died’, Haig said. ‘To remind them’

Onlooker Mary Dillard, choked back tears after the opening prayer.

‘It’s difficult. Hard to process. That tommorow, they’ll begin to forget’.

Dean Snider, 38, of Lincoln lost his wife and daughter in the explosion. Due to head injuries in the blast he suffers bouts of short term memory loss. He addressed the crowd of over 100 mourners and well wishers.

‘My memory fades in and out but thanks to the city of Owings and the great people at KNSU News, I am reminded, albeit briefly of the worst day of my life. Since I’m told this will be an annual event, I will never forget. For now. Thanks. [applause/ovation]

He then called his wife and daughter to join him on stage.

'Karen? Sally? Get up here!’