21DEC97 - Jane Davis, (left) and the Canas family, (L-R) Elaine, Sara, and Richard) pause as they remember loved ones during the memorial remembrance at Arlington Cemetery December 21 honoring the 270 people who perished in the terrorist bombing of Pan American flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland nine years ago, December 21, 1988. The remembrance was attended by friends and families of the victims.
3NOV95 - Jane Schultz (L), chief organizer for the Lockerbie Memorial Cairn, speaks at the dedication for victims of Pan Am Flight 103, with a vow to "never relax" efforts to bring the plane's bombers to justice. Schultz lost her son in the flight. The Cairn, atraditional Scottish monument located at Arlington National Cemetery, was made of 270 stones, one for each life lost in the December, 1988 bombing. President Clinton next to Schultz.A memorial service for the 270 victims of Pan Am Flight 103 was held at Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial Scottish cairn, a pyramid of stones, was dedicated in honor of those who died.
3NOV95- Former Pan Am flight attendants' Pamela Taylor (L) and Sharon Madigan cry during dedication ceremonies for a memorial cairn for victims of Pan Am Flight 103, November 3 in Arlington National Cemetery. President Clinton told the victims' families, " Despite the passage of time, nothing has dimmed our recollection of that day when death commanded the heavens."
( All Things Considered (National Public Radio USA) ) 11-03-1995
ROBERT SIEGEL, Host: Today, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, a Scottish cairn was dedicated to the victims of Pan Am Flight 103. The cairn is a pyramid of rough stones to honor the dead.
WOMAN: -Ann Summerville [sp], Paul Summerville [sp], Rosaleen Renee Summerville [sp], Geraldine Ann Stevenson [sp]-
ROBERT SIEGEL: The Lockerbie Memorial bears the names of all the victims of the 1988 crash - 259 people on board and 11 on the ground died.
The crash was caused by a midair explosion on the Boeing 747. The bomb is thought to have been planted in the luggage compartment and those responsible are believed to be living in Libya. Libya has refused to extradite the suspects. As a result, Libya has been under U.N. imposed sanctions.
At 7:00 p.m., December 21st, 1988 in Lockerbie, Father Pat Keegans [sp] and his mother Mary were wrapping Christmas presents. They were late for dinner across the road at the home of friends. They never got to go to dinner for at 7:03, the fuselage of the plane fell to the ground 100 feet from Father Keegans' rectory. As he and his mother ran from the scene, Father Keegans looked back to see that the neighborhood had vanished, including the home across the street.
Today, Father Keegans spoke at the dedication at Arlington. He said the memorial stone's unveiling should not be taken as an excuse to draw a curtain over the air disaster.
Father PAT KEEGANS: It can never represent a veil of silence. Those responsible are still at liberty. Let the stones of this cairn remind us that we must have determination to leave no stone unturned until all who are responsible are brought to justice.
ROBERT SIEGEL: George Williams [sp] is president of an organization called Victims of Pan Am Flight 103. His 24-year-old son, Army 1st Lieutenant George Waterson Williams [sp] died in the Lockerbie crash.
GEORGE WILLIAMS, Victims of Pan Am Flight 103: We must not lose sight of the reason why we need this memorial at all. In the hours and days which followed this horror, we learned that it was a terrorist bomb which blew up this plane full of innocents. The people of Lockerbie nestled in the rolling hills of Scotland deserved this even less than we did. After all, they were not the targets of these assassins, we were, the citizens of the United States, the passengers on a plane flying the flag of the great Satan, the oppressor, the imperialist land grabbers.
Individuals from 22 different countries were on that ill fated plane, people from all religions and races. The entire world should be outraged. Instead, most nations continue to deal with Qaddafi as if there were no sanctions.
ROBERT SIEGEL: Some relatives of those killed in the Lockerbie crash, chose not to attend the ceremonies today. They suspect government officials aren't telling all about the bombing.
At the monument's side today, President Clinton made a promise.
Pres. BILL CLINTON: In the case of Pan Am 103 we continue to press for the extradition of the two Libyan suspects. We want to maintain and tighten the enforcement of our sanctions and we want to increase the pressure on Libya. This cairn reminds us that we must never, never relax our efforts until the criminals are brought to justice.
ROBERT SIEGEL: President Clinton at today's ceremonies to unveil a Scottish cairn honoring those who died at Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
A Scottish proverb from the 1700's says, `I will add a stone to your
cairn.' Meaning, when you are no more, I will do all possible honor to