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This letter in my email took me back to Lockerbie… and I remained there all day, thinking of ‘Our Frank’

This letter in my email took me back to Lockerbie… and I remained there all day, thinking of ‘Our Frank’

On the night of December 21st, 1988, a bomb exploded on board New York-bound Pan Am Flight 103 and ripped the aircraft apart, its wreckage then raining down on the sleepy Scottish town of Lockerbie below. All 259 passengers and crew perished, as did 11 local residents. One of the passengers, 45-year-old Frank Ciulla had been travelling home to his wife and three children in New Jersey for the Christmas holidays — his body was discovered on Margaret and Hugh Connell’s small farm in Waterbeck, nearly 8 miles from the main crash site.

Almost four years later, the Ciulla family finally found the strength to visit Scotland. They went to Minsca farm and stayed with the Connells; they saw the quiet spot where their father and husband came to rest, far away from the chaotic scenes in Lockerbie, and they asked all of the questions they had been desperate to ask since getting the news.

After the visit, the Connells wrote the letter (in the link) to the Ciullas. It was cherished and read aloud on the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, as theLockerbie Cairn was dedicated in Arlington. The two families remain close.


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This entry was posted on January 23, 2013 by in Travels and tagged .

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