A cult flag shown in a file photo dated 08 March 1993 flying over the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. After a shootout in Waco in 1993 that killed four federal agents and six members of the Branch Davidian religious sect, authorities negotiated with cult leader David Koresh for 51 days. On the final day, 19 April 1993, a few hours after a government tank rammed the cult's wooden fortress, the siege ended in a fiery blaze, killing Koresh and 80 of his followers. (Photo credit Bob Strong/AFP/Get
WACO, Texas (AP) - Some who survived the fiery end to the 51-day standoff at the Branch Davidians' Central Texas compound are to gather for a memorial service on the 20th anniversary of the fire.
Survivors and others who see the events as an unwarranted government intrusion into personal and religious freedoms are to attend the service Friday at a Waco museum.
Federal agents raided the compound Feb. 28, 1993, trying to arrest sect leader David Koresh for stockpiling illegal weapons. But the group had been tipped off about the raid and a shootout ensued.
Four agents and six Davidians were killed.
During the standoff, several women and children left the compound. But on April 19, nearly 80 sect members died when the compound burned after tear gas was fired into the building.
The Associated Press