Pan Am 103

Welcoming a New Member of Our Extended Family

The Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. is proud to welcome Cara Howe to our extended family as the new Assistant Archivist for Pan Am 103 / Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives. She will be working with Ed Galvin at Syracuse University to help us keep the memory of our loved ones alive. You can learn more about her and the work that the Syracuse University Archives from The Daily Orange.

Call for Action

On December 21, 1988, Pam Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, murdering all 259 people on the plane and 11 citizens in Lockerbie. All of these victims were innocents. As the Lord Advocate of Scotland, Colin Boyd, later summarized: “400 parents lost a son or a daughter, 46 parents lost their only child, 65 women were widowed, 11 men lost their wives, 140 children lost a parent, and 7 children lost both parents.”

After an exhaustive investigation by U.S. and Scottish authorities, Libyan agent Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was convicted. He appealed this conviction but it stood. It still stands, even though Scottish Minister of Justice Kenny MacAskill released al-Megrahi on August 20th, 2009 on “compassionate grounds” based on the claim that he had only 3 months to live. The Scottish government has shown compassion to this convicted mass murderer of 270 innocent souls. The convicted mass murderer never showed compassion for any of his victims.

One year later, al-Megrahi is still alive. The grounds for his “compassionate” release now appear so flawed and unreliable that we must question the underlying motivation. Recent revelations of commercial and diplomatic pressures to release the convicted murderer, coupled with the admission that the doctors relied upon for their expertise were in fact not consulted by the Scottish authorities, are shocking and outrageous.

Photos from the 19th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony

These are a few pictures from the Pan Am Flight 103 19th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony.

Playing the pipes at the Cairn
Finding names
Secretary Chertoff speaking
Kara speaking
Reading names

Pan Am Flight 103 19th Remembrance Ceremony

The 19th Remembrance Ceremony is scheduled for this Friday, Dec 21st at the Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony will begin at 1:30pm. Secretary Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, will be the keynote speaker. The Army band, a piper and the choir from the United Methodist Church will perform.

For family members and guests, there is parking by the Cairn inside of the cemetery.

Senators Urge Libya To Pay Victims' Families Of Libyan Terrorism

Lautenberg Leads Delegation to Ensure Justice for Victims of Libyan Terror

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, a coalition of eight Senators, led by Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asking her to use an upcoming diplomatic visit to urge Libya to fulfill its obligations to American victims of Libyan terrorism. Lautenberg was joined by Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Chris Dodd (D-CT).

Pan Am 103 Families Condemn U.S.-Libya Business Association Meeting

Washington, November 5, 2007 - The U.S.-Libya Business Association today is holding its second annual conference on U.S.-Libya policy. Kara Weipz's brother Rick Monetti was one of 270 victims who died when Libyan terrorists bombed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Pan Am 103 Families Oppose Libya Seat on Security Council

October 16, 2007 - The United Nations is scheduled to vote today on Libya's membership to the Security Council. Following the conclusion of the UN General Assembly, unnamed senior U.S. officials stated that the U.S. would not block Libya's bid, a departure from its 15-year long effort to bar Libya from the Security Council.

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