[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1995, Book II)]
[November 3, 1995]
[Pages 1716-1718]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Remarks at the Dedication of the Pan American Flight 103 Memorial Cairn 
in Arlington, Virginia
November 3, 1995

    Sir Hector, Jane Schultz, George Williams, Reverend Keegans, 
Reverend Miller, Reverend Neal, Rabbi Goldberg; to Members of Congress 
and the administration, the diplomatic corps; to our honored friends 
from Scotland; most of all, to the members of the family of Pan Am 103. 
Thank you, Sir Hector, for your good words. And thank you and the 
Lockerbie Trust for this beautiful cairn which I accept on behalf of the 
people of the United States.
    This simple monument speaks with a powerful voice. Each of its 270 
Lockerbie stones tells of the loss beyond measure, a child or a parent, 
a brother or a sister stolen away through an act of unspeakable 
barbarism. Almost 7 years have now passed since that bomb cut short the

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lives of all 250 passengers of Pan Am 103 and the 11 villagers below. I 
know that I can speak for all the American people when I say that we 
have not forgotten and the families of the victims are still not alone 
in your sorrow.
    Since Pan Am 103, there have been other attacks of terrorism on our 
own soil, the bombing of the World Trade Center, the tragedy in Oklahoma 
City. After each, our Nation has drawn closer, and some of the families 
here of the victims at Lockerbie have helped in that process. I thank 
all of you who reached out to those who were grieving most recently in 
Oklahoma City.
    Despite the passage of time, nothing has dimmed our recollection of 
that day when death commanded the heavens. Nothing has diminished our 
outrage at that evil deed. Today the people of the United States 
understand terrorism better. We know it can strike anyone, anywhere. We 
know that each act of terrorism is a terrible assault on every person in 
the world who prizes freedom, on the values we share, on our Nation and 
every nation that respects human rights.
    Today, America is more determined than ever to stand against 
terrorism, to fight it, to bring terrorists to answer for their crimes. 
We continue to tighten those sanctions on states that sponsor terrorism, 
and we ask other nations to help us in that endeavor.
    We are strengthening our ability to act at home and around the 
world. Recently, we have been successful in apprehending terrorists 
abroad and in preventing planned terrorist attacks here in the United 
States. We are redoubling our efforts against those who target our 
liberties and our lives. And just a few days ago in the United Nations, 
I asked the nations of the world to join me in common cause against 
    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.
    I thank those who have spoken before for their reference to this 
hallowed ground. It is fitting that this memorial to the citizens of 21 
nations has been erected here in the sacred place of our Nation, 
surrounded by so many who fell fighting for our freedom. It is fitting, 
too, that this cairn was chosen as the embodiment of our common concern, 
not only because of the strong bonds that have grown up between the 
people of Scotland and America out of this tragedy but because this 
cairn was built stone by stone.
    From the time of the Bible, men and women have piled stones to mark 
a covenant between them as the patriarch Jacob did with Laban. So let us 
take this cairn as the sign of our bond with the victims of Pan Am 103 
to remember the life they brought into so many lives, to work to bring 
justice down on those who committed the murders, to keep our own people 
safe, and to rid the world of terrorism and never to forget until this 
job is done.
    We must all labor for the day, my fellow Americans and citizens of 
the world, when, in the words of the Psalm, ``we shall not be afraid for 
the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor for the 
pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that 
wasteth at noonday.''
    The days are now shortening, and December 21st approaches once 
again. I hope, to those of you who are members of the families, that the 
honor done your loved ones here today brings you some solace. And I pray 
that when this anniversary day comes again you will have a measure of 
peace. Your country men and women are with you in spirit and in 
    God bless you. God bless Scotland. And God bless the United States 
of America.

Note: The President spoke at 2:37 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. 
In his remarks, he referred to Sir Hector Monro, who presented the 
memorial cairn; Jane Schultz, chief organizer of the memorial; George H. 
Williams, president, Victims of Pan Am Flight 103; Rev. Patrick Keegans, 
Rev. John Miller, and Rev. Alan Neal, who gave the blessing; and Rabbi 
Jacob Goldberg, who gave the benediction.

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