Letter from the Board Chair to SCCRC

Letter from the Board Chair to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, dated January 27, 2015.

On behalf of the United States’ families of The Victims of Pan AM Flight 103, Inc., I would like to submit our position regarding the petition to appeal the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. We do not support this petition nor do we support the position of the UK family member, Dr. Jim Swire and those with whom he stands on this matter. While Dr. Swire is a family member of a victim of the bombing, he speaks for himself and not for the US families of victims.

We believe that justice was done in the Scottish judgment and the appeal, and we believe that the Scottish judicial system is praiseworthy, despite the calumny visited upon it by Megrahi’s supporters. Our only objection, deeply felt and fervently held, concerned the release of Megrahi and his return to Libya for a hero’s welcome.

We have great admiration for the people of Scotland, especially the citizens of Lockerbie, who opened their hearts to us. This small town lost its own citizens in a murderous, monstrous, treacherous act of state sponsored terrorism.

It will never really be “over”, but it is past time for Dr. Swire and the Megrahi supporters to end their disgraceful and expensive campaign.

Women of Lockerbie at University of South Carolina

Kathy Tedeschi

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to talk to the cast and crew of the University of South Carolina (USC) production of "The Women of Lockerbie". I told them about Lockerbie since I have been there 7-8 times, and about the people I have gotten to know over there: my experiences there. I think the students got the full picture of how we all have such lasting friendships from this. I saw their play on opening night, Nov. 20, 2014. They did a superb job. I was crying throughout the play.

26th Annual Remembrance Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

The Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 held its Memorial Service at the Arlington National Cemetery Cairn to mark the 26th anniversary of the bombing that killed our loved ones.

The service began at 1:30 pm on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at the Scottish Cairn in Arlington.

Scottish Cairn by Sonia Tedeschi

Reading Names by Russ Tedeschi

Piper by Bart Cheatham

25th Anniversary Photo Book

Friend of the families, Cathy Webb, created an iBook, Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 - 25th Remembrance Service, with her photographs from the 25th Remembrance Service at Arlington National Cemetery on December 21, 2013. It's available for free from Apple's iBooks store. Our thanks to her for putting this wonderful book together.

Judy O'Rourke Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire

One of our own, Judy O'Rourke, Syracuse University's director of undergraduate studies, was granted honorary membership in the Order of the British Empire on Feb 12, 2014. We are extremely proud of her and feel extremely lucky to have her assistance in maintaining the memory of our loved ones. This was a well deserved honor for her.

Glasgow Helicopter Crash

The American family organization, Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, expresses it heartfelt sorrow for the loss of lives in the Glasgow helicopter crash. The Lockerbie plane tragedy of 25 years ago is still a frightful memory for our two nations, and reading of the efforts of your emergency services and air accident personnel reminds us how grateful we were for all of the help we received. Our thoughts and prayers are for the victims, their families, and the emergency services who are performing their duties at this most difficult time.

25th Annual Remembrance Dinner

On Friday evening, December 20, there was a reception and a buffet dinner for family members and their guests. Like the 20th Anniversary, we was a video picture collage presentation during the dinner.

You can read the invocation here.

25th Annual Remembrance Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

The service commemorating the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was be held at the Pan Am Cairn in Arlington National Cemetery starting at 1:30 p.m. December 21. There were be special speakers joining us to remember our loved ones. Family and friends read the names of all 270 victims of the tragedy. Below is a video shot by Emil Brandafi of Valiant Films.

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VPAF 103, Inc. has truly made a difference and we must continue to do so. We continue to be involved with the investigation, to provide the TruthQuest so that families remain informed, to organize opportunities for loved ones to gather together and remember. The coordination of the upcoming 25th Anniversary Memorial Service takes much effort and many resources. We need your help to make the family dinner, the service, and the entire weekend possible. We need your help in ensuring that VPAF 103, Inc. endures.


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