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A bouquet of flowers with a picture Pan Am Flight 103 victim Patricia Mary Coyle, rests on the foot of the Pan Am Flight 103 memorial cairn at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, during a memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103 that crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland. New York bound Pan Am flight 103, exploded over the southern Scottish town on the evening of Dec. 21, 1988, killing 270 people aboard the plane and on the ground.
Twenty-five years ago, Pan Am 103, a New York-bound flight from London, exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people aboard the plane, and 11 others on the ground.

Memorial services were held Saturday in the United States, Scotland and England as families remembered the terror attack's victims. Many of the dead were American college students flying home for Christmas.

Bagpipes sounded and wreaths were laid in the Scottish town of Lockerbie and mourners gathered for a moment of silence at London's Westminster Abbey. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told victims' relatives at Arlington National Cemetery that they should take comfort in their unity even if time cannot erase their loss.

The Pan Am Flight 103 memorial cairn at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., is silhouetted as the sun sets, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, ater a
The Pan Am Flight 103 memorial cairn at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., is silhouetted as the sun sets, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, ater a memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103 that crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland. New York-bound Pan Am flight 103, exploded over the southern Scottish town on the evening of Dec. 21, 1988, killing 270 people aboard the plane and on the ground. ((AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta))

Here's a collection of images from that catastrophic day in 1988 and from this weekend's services.

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Craig Lynes, left, U.S. government representative, and Zoja Bazarnic, right, U.S. consulate principal officer, carry a wreath to the main memorial stone in
Craig Lynes, left, U.S. government representative, and Zoja Bazarnic, right, U.S. consulate principal officer, carry a wreath to the main memorial stone in memory of the victims of the Lockerbie Pan Am flight 103 bombing in the garden of remembrance at Dryfesdale Cemetery, near Lockerbie, Scotland. Saturday Dec. 21, 2013. Pan Am flight 103 was blown apart above the Scottish border town of Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988. All 259 passengers and crew, on the Pan Am flight and 11 people on the ground were killed in the bombing. ((AP Photo/Scott Heppell))

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond carries a wreath to the main memorial stone in memory of the victims of the Lockerbie Pan Am flight 103
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond carries a wreath to the main memorial stone in memory of the victims of the Lockerbie Pan Am flight 103 bombing in the garden of remembrance at Dryfesdale Cemetery, near Lockerbie, Scotland. Saturday Dec. 21, 2013. Pan Am flight 103 was blown apart above the Scottish border town of Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988. All 259 passengers and crew, on the Pan Am flight and 11 people on the ground were killed in the bombing. ((AP Photo/Scott Heppell))

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 1988, file photo, rescue workers examine the nose of Pan Am Flight 103 near the town of Lockerbie, Scotland, after a bomb aboard
FILE - In this Dec. 21, 1988, file photo, rescue workers examine the nose of Pan Am Flight 103 near the town of Lockerbie, Scotland, after a bomb aboard exploded, killing a total of 270 people. Families of some of the 270 people who died in the airliner bombing 25 years ago gathered for memorial services Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in the United States and Britain, honoring victims of the terror attack that killed dozens of American college students and created instant havoc in the Scottish town where wreckage of the plane rained down. ((AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File))

FILE - This December 1988 file photo shows wrecked houses and a deep gash in the ground in the village of Lockerbie, Scotland, that was caused by the crash
FILE - This December 1988 file photo shows wrecked houses and a deep gash in the ground in the village of Lockerbie, Scotland, that was caused by the crash of Pan Am Flight 103. Families of some of the 270 people who died in the airliner bombing 25 years ago gathered for memorial services Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in the United States and Britain, honoring victims of the terror attack that killed dozens of American college students and created instant havoc in the Scottish town where wreckage of the plane rained down. ((AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File))