A savage, desperate attempt to drive a wedge between Tanzanians and Americans, between the Tanzanian government and the American government, between peoples of different faiths, instead revealed and reinforced a bond. People of all faiths joined in condemning the violence and in praying as one for its victims. We consecrate this memorial in sorrow to the memory of those who were taken from us. We offer it in empathy for those whose lives have been forever changed. And through it, we recall the valor, the selflessness, and the generosity, which were so in evidence that day and which have brought our two peoples, our two nations, even closer together.
Dr. Inmi K. Patterson, United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (on the tragic events and the memorial)