24th Annual Memorial Service at Arlington Cemetery

On December 21, 2012 the 24th memorial ceremony took place at Arlington National Cemetery. As in years previous, In addition to the many family members and friends of those killed on Pan Am 103, we are joined every year by representatives of law enforcement, intelligence and prosecutors, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation and others.

The speakers this year included:
Eric Holder, United States Attorney General
Robert Mueller, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
John Pistole, Director, Transportation Safety Administration
Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor

Ceremony attendees

Remembrance Scholars and the Lockerbie Scholar from Syracuse University joined family members and others in reading the names of the 270 victims. It is notable that these students were not even born in December 1988, but they demonstrate that the memories we cherish are not just from families and they will never fade away.

The Pender United Methodist Church Choir preformed beautifully as they do each year, including the piece "Under His Wings", which was composed in memory of the victims. Mr. Homer Babcock contributed inspirational bagpiping.

We are grateful to the officials of Arlington National Cemetery and the Department of the Army for the color guard, bugler and chaplain.

Speakers remarks are attached.