Dec 21 2013
Services have been held in Lockerbie, London and in the US to remember the victims of the Lockerbie bombing on the 25th anniversary of the atrocity.
Families of some of the 270 people who lost their lives gathered with politicians, officials and members of the community at Dryesdale Church in the town in southern Scotland, Westminster Abbey and at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC.
The service at Dryesdale Church, which followed a wreath laying and memorial service earlier in the day, was conducted by Reverend Sandy Stoddart, with readings, prayers and addresses from Lockerbie Syracuse scholars.
Rev Stoddart said: "Lockerbie towns people were commended at the time for acquitting themselves with tremendous courage, compassion and dignity.
"One grieving relative said Lockerbie received those who died in a loving embrace. The town has continued to do so.
"We remain a place for people to come to. Yes, we are a blessing for many.
"But the town, which has the motto, onward, has moved on, but not away from our responsibility to remember and care."
A scholarship scheme was set up between Lockerbie Academy and Syracuse University after 35 of its students were killed in the bombing.
Claire Dorrance, a student who took part in the scheme in 2012/13, gave an address at the service.
She said: "The 270 people who died are still such a force of good in this world."