Thirtieth anniversary ceremony planned for victims of Edmond OK Post Office massacre

From the Oklahoman:

EDMOND — Survivors of the Edmond Post Office massacre and their friends are planning a 30th anniversary memorial ceremony outside the downtown post office where 14 workers were killed.

Next Saturday marks the morning in 1986 when gunman Patrick Henry Sherrill went on a rampage also wounding six others and then taking his own life inside the post office where he worked.

r960-19386b384464394591f890602766aec5Sherrill, 43, had been reprimanded the previous day for poor job performance.

Sherrill dressed in his postal uniform, entered the post office shortly before 7 a.m. with his mail bag loaded with three guns that left seven female co-workers and seven male co-workers dead.

“They will never be forgotten,” said retired rural carrier Herb Rettke, the organizer of the memorial. “It was bedded in your mind. The ones who were wounded not only carry it in their mind, but in their body.”

Perhaps the last

“This will probably be the final goodbye to the victims,” Rettke said.

Pyle was the brother-in-law of Rettke. Pyle was shot by Sherrill in the parking lot as he tried to reach his car to flee the gunfire.

Days after the massacre three decades ago, yellow ribbons started appearing on mailboxes throughout the city.

Organizers are asking people again to put yellow ribbons on their mailboxes starting now through the anniversary.

“The yellow ribbons really meant a lot to the carriers back then,” said Rettke, who was a city carrier 30 years ago.

That display of yellow ribbons throughout Edmond 30 years ago is the reason for the flowing ribbon on the memorial statue.

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