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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Our Thanks for Your Continued Support

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.

In Memory of Frank Lautenberg

The death of Senator Frank Lautenberg today was a loss to the Congress, his constituents in New Jersey, and especially to the families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing. He was the best friend we ever had in the Senate, and was never at a loss to “do the next thing” since this tragic event nearly 25 years ago.

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 Loss of Ambassador Chris Stevens

The Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 are devastated by the horrendous attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that took the life of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens; Sean Smith, a 10-year veteran of the State Department; and two former Navy SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. It is a sad development for all, and we express our deep condolences to their families, friends and colleagues.

23rd Memorial Ceremony held at Arlington National Ceremony

On December 21, 2011 the 23rd memorial ceremony took place at Arlington National Cemetery. 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, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation and others.

Ghadaffi killed in Libya

For more than twenty years, the families of the Victims of Pan Am 103 have been fighting tirelessly in the pursuit of justice and justice demands that the tyrannical Ghadaffi regime needs to be held accountable for the murder of our loved ones.  Today, we have learned the Ghadaffi may have been captured or killed.  First, we want to commend the Libyan people for their courage and determination.  Their freedom has come at a very high cost of their loved ones, so we all owe them a debt of gratitude.  We also want to commend the NATO forces, especially the US military and the Obama administration. It might have been easier to stand back and allow potentially tragic events to play out.  Instead, the US, the UK and France showed tremendous courage in the face of challenging political and diplomatic circumstances.

Unfortunately, the path to justice is often long and circuitous.  Although today is a great day for the Libyan people and for the universal fight for freedom, our work is not done.  The Libyan agent convicted in the bombing, Abdu Basset al Megrahi, remains at large in Libya and  other Libyan officials involved in the bombing have not been captured.  And, if Ghadaffi has been captured, we need to be certain that he is brought to trial, convicted and spends the rest of his life in prison.  Nevertheless, we will take a moment today to honor our family members: In their memory, we did not give up.  We kept fighting for them and for some semblance of justice.  Today, we take some satisfaction that justice can be done.

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