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Thank you for that warm welcome. It is my honor to sign up for you today, and a privilege to return to this memorial. I want to thank President Kara Weipz and the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 firm for inviting me back this yr – and for all the get the job done you do 12 months-round to raise up the legacies of the 270 lives we shed – considerably as well quickly and much too before long.
The senseless act of terror that stunned the planet that December night 33 yrs ago was an assault on our shared humanity, made to sow panic. It sought to disturb our feeling of position in the earth. But for these of you right here now, it was hardly ever an abstraction it was particular. There was the tragedy that unfolded on the news, and then there was the tragedy that unfolded in your properties – that designs your life now.
When I have had the honor of attending this commemoration in a long time earlier, I have usually been so impressed to see that, amidst the major toll taken by a single senseless act, you have drawn on your collective grief and shared humanity to gas the creation of a new local community – this community – identified to carry ahead the stories of individuals taken from us that working day. They were your little ones, your spouses, your moms and dads, your colleagues and your friends. They had been coming household from analyze overseas, returning from business enterprise visits, touring home for Xmas and going about everyday living in Lockerbie. Their tales were considerably from completed. That is why this community’s dedication to remembering and telling their tales is so vital – for the reason that you commence not with the ending, but with almost everything that came before.
As you heard FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate describe, about the past 33 a long time, the FBI and the Office of Justice have labored, hand in hand with our Scottish associates, to look into just about every part of the Pan Am case to assure that those accountable for this act of evil are held accountable. The commitment from our Scottish companions has proven a must have, as has the devotion of plenty of FBI agents and pros as nicely as prosecutors in the National Safety Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office environment for the District of Columbia.
Simply because of their endeavours, 1 calendar year back these days, the Justice Office filed criminal expenses versus a third conspirator. People fees are one far more move towards justice for people we lost and they reflect the solve of the ladies and men of the Division of Justice – no subject how prolonged it requires – to see people liable introduced to justice in the United States.
The similar determination that has driven the prosecutors and brokers to supply justice for what happened more than Lockerbie was also present on that plane 33 years in the past. In a member of our own Justice Department family. Michael Bernstein was a leader in the Criminal Division’s Office of Unique Investigations – our nation’s Nazi Hunters – he was traveling dwelling on Flight 103 following correctly negotiating with the Austrian federal government to accept the return of many persons concerned in Nazi persecution in the course of Globe War II.
Michael’s commitment to the bring about of justice – even, or most likely primarily, trying to find justice for the wrongs of decades past – is emblematic of so many of the adult men and females I do the job with just about every working day. And it is why you can count on the Justice Division to hold up our initiatives, no issue how lengthy it requires. I know that phrase – no subject how extensive it requires – although intended as consolation, is also annoying. Since a single day a lot more is also long.
That is why I am in awe of the grace and power – and resilience – shown below now and each and every 12 months – by this group. You have turned grief and decline into motion – to strengthen airline safety, to inspire alterations in how our government functions with victims of terrorism and their family members to present what it implies to persevere. Due to the fact of you, we will not cease until eventually all those people responsible are held accountable. Mainly because of you, the legacies of your beloved kinds are carried ahead. Due to the fact of you, we fork out tribute right now, we honor the legacies of your beloved types and – since of you, their tales live on.