December 21, 1988: For a great many people, remembrance of that date retains the power to tear away any veneer of every-day life and uncover an open wound. That day a quarter century ago, a bomb ripped open Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland, and took the lives of 270 innocent people: 259 on the plane and 11 on the ground. Few moments in modern history have the power to wrench one back in time as the sight of that crushed white and blue fuselage. It stands as powerfully distinct and terrible as those few frames from the Zapruder film from Dallas a quarter century earlier.
We don't forget. But despite that incomprehensible act of evil in what should have been a joyful holiday time, the strength of what's good in humanity continues to outweigh the legacy of terror that must have driven perpetrators to do such a thing.
That strength is evident now, in places as disparate as Dumfries Scotland and Arlington Virginia. It binds us through acts of remembrance, and creativity. The past can't be rewritten, but the future offers hope, and a way forward, perhaps towards a world where there will be no more need for memorials dedicated to anything remotely as terrible as the bombing of Flight 103.
Here are some of the events and organized ceremonies of remembrance marking the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing.
SERVICES IN UK, SCOTLAND & US
EVENTS @ SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Forward Lockerbie, a photo exhibit @ Syracuse
Forward Lockerbie. PDF describing ties between Syracuse London program and Lockerbie Scotland, with photos.
The Lockerbie Bombing, a new documentary STV/SMITHSONIAN
On the Way to Lockerbie, 1988, photo courtesy of Pan Am's Erik Sorensen