Wreath Laying Ceremony – 16th Anniversary of the Attack on the U.S. Embassy Nairobi on August 7, 1998

Wreath Laying Ceremony Marines

Chargé d’Affaires Isiah Parnell joined U.S. Embassy Nairobi employees and family members in a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the August 7, 1998 bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy, then located in downtown Nairobi.  224 people were killed during the attack and over 4,000 people were wounded.

The ceremony honored the fallen and injured, and extended deepest admiration to the survivors for the courage and strength they have shown over the years.

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Isiah Parnell at the Ceremony in Commemoration of the 16th Anniversary of the August 7, 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombing

Habari Zenu.  Welcome.

A great thinker once wrote:

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under Heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die;

A time to break down and a time to build up;

A time to weep and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn and a time to dance;

A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get and a time to lose;

A time to keep silent and a time to speak;

A time to love and a time to hate;

A time of war and a time of peace.

Since 1998, August 7th has been our time to remember.  Our time to remember and honor all those who lost their lives or were injured in the August 7 terrorist bombing of the US Embassy located just a few miles from here in downtown Nairobi, and their families and colleagues.

On behalf of Ambassador Godec, Lori Magnusson, my wife Tammie, the U.S. Government and the American people, I extend our deepest sympathy for the losses suffered and our deepest admiration for the courage and strength you have shown over the years.  I also offer our guarantee that this terrible event will not be forgotten by those who serve in the Embassy.

Events over this past year remind us of the continuing threat of terrorism in Kenya and throughout the world.  Today, we reaffirm our shared commitment to peace.  We hope that this commitment honors the memory of our fallen and injured colleagues and makes a better world for our families.

Please join me in observing a moment of silence.