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Ambassador: Different memorials teach similar lessons

BY ELIN SULEYMANOV Published: January 26, 2013

Importantly, instead of suppressing and terrifying the community, the Soviet attack brought out the best in our people, made them more confident and appreciative of their community, diversity and values. I believe that with all the differences between the two tragedies, these lessons apply both in Baku and in Oklahoma City.

Perhaps, therefore, joining my friends at the Oklahoma National Guard, a state partner for the Azerbaijani military, at their annual celebration and being honored by the Thunderbird Medal had a special added significance for me.

Just as a vibrant and independent Republic of Azerbaijan stands as the best way to honor the sacrifice of the victims of the Soviet empire's crime, the lively, growing Oklahoma City and the strength of its community keep memories of those who perished in 1995 alive today.

Suleymanov is Azerbaijan's ambassador to the United States.