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Letter Requesting a Moment of Silence to Commemorate Terrorist Attack on 1972 Munich Olympics

Letter Requesting a Moment of Silence to Commemorate Terrorist Attack on 1972 Munich Olympics

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Letter from Manhattan Borough President Stringer to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, requesting a moment of silence to commemorate the terrorist attack on 1972 Munich Olympics.
Letter from Manhattan Borough President Stringer to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, requesting a moment of silence to commemorate the terrorist attack on 1972 Munich Olympics.

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July 23, 2012Count Jacques RoggePresidentInternational Olympic CommitteeChâteau de VidyCase Postale 3561001 LausanneSwitzerland
Re: Moment of Silence to Commemorate Terrorist Attack on 1972 Munich Olympics
Dear President Rogge,I write today to urge that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) h
 
onor the victims of theterrorist attack at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich with a moment of silence during theOpening or Closing Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London. On the 40
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Anniversary of this dark day in Olympic history, let us stand together in peaceful solidarity as a globalcommunity to remember the fallen and rededicate ourselves to the creation and preservation of aworld at peace.In previous Games, IOC Presidents have made profound public statements during the Openingand Closing Ceremonies to acknowledge the horrors of terrorism and the resiliency of theOlympic movement and human spirit.At the Closing Ceremony of the 1996 Games in Atlanta, IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranchdenounced the Centennial Olympic Park bombing and asked for a moment of silence toremember the victims of both that attack and of the Munich massacre. He declared, “No act of terrorism has ever destroyed the Olympic movement and none ever will…More than ever we arefully committed to building a better, more peaceful world in which forms of terrorism areeradicated.”
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 In 2002, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on my home city, you lifted the spirits of our grieving nation during the Opening Ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Games, stating, “Your
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