The haunting words of Donna-Maria Barker, mother of 12-year-old James.
She, like everyone else, had dared to believe that the four-month-old Good Friday Agreement just might deliver peace.
Packed with shoppers and tourists on a hot summer’s day, nothing could have prepared Omagh for 3.10pm on Saturday 15 August 1998.
In the blink of an eye, 29 people – men, women and children – lay dead or dying in the high street.
The dissident republicans of the so-called ‘Real IRA’ had detonated a 500lb car bomb.
Inaccurate telephone warnings had resulted in people being evacuated directly into the path of the blast.
Twenty-one died at the scene, eight more en route to hospital – the highest death toll from a single incident in 30 years of violence.
Seasoned Ireland correspondents like Sky’s Gary Honeyford, one of the first on the scene, had never witnessed carnage on such a scale.
I went on air live at 5pm and didn’t come off until midnight, battling to contain my emotions throughout.
Conscious of my struggle to find words, output producer John Ryley – now head of Sky News – spoke reassuringly through my earpiece.
Six of the dead were children, another six teenagers – half of the list were under the age of 25.
One victim was seven months pregnant with twins. Her 18-month-old daughter and her mother were also dead – three generations of one family.
The atrocity touched three nations – claiming the lives of three children from County Donegal in the Irish Republic and two Spanish tourists.
For the first time in the history of the conflict, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams publicly condemned an act of violence.
Within days of the bombing, a photograph emerged of a Spanish man with a child on his shoulders, pictured smiling beside a red car.
The child had survived but the man was dead – killed by the bomb in the red car.
To this day, questions remain about the level of intelligence police had in advance and about the standard of their subsequent investigation.
There has only been one conviction but it was quashed on appeal. The case against another man facing 29 murder charges collapsed.
In 2009, the families won a landmark £1.6 million civil action against four defendants but have never received a penny of it.
So this year, like every year, they will gather in the memorial garden, still grieving their dead and still campaigning for justice.
They describe it as “an act of remembrance” but Omagh is a town that could never forget.