Alan Jackson’s poignant performance helped to mark the 20th anniversary of the tragic Oklahoma City bombing.
Alan Jackson gave a stirring rendition of his song, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards. The performance was introduced by Oklahoma native and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman.
“Today, April 19, 2015, is the 20th anniversary of the bombing in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. It affected everyone across the nation, but its impact was especially deep and tragic for those of us from Oklahoma,” Aikman said. “None of us will ever forget where we were when we heard the news of that attack, nor will we ever forget how our friends and neighbors rallied to help their brothers and sisters.”Aikman’s sister, Tammy, was a first responder on the scene of the tragedy that killed 168 people.
“Although this next song was written about a later horrific event, the World Trade Center attack on September 11, it resonates with all of us who grieve over what happened 20 years ago in my home state,” Aikman explained.
Jackson’s heartfelt performance was somber yet inspiring and brought the enormous AT&T Stadium to a quiet moment of reflection. Although the song was written about a different American tragedy, the song perfectly captured the feelings that those affected by the bombing have dealt with since that tragic day 20 years ago.