Washington Lodge, Sons of Norway, shares the deep sorrow of the Norwegian people in the aftermath of the Oslo bombing and the Utøya shootings.
On August 21st, we printed the messages from this page and presented them to the Norwegian Embassy in Washington.
Condolence to the People of Norway
We in the USA grieve with Norway over this senseless loss of life. I am so sorry for your loss and your suffering. And yet I am so proud to hear Norway's government officials say that they will fight this terrorism with more freedom, more democracy—don't let a terrorist take away your fundamental values.
My family and my country is thinking of Norway and your terrible loss. We are praying for all those who lost loved ones and for the whole of Norway. Such a beautiful, peace-loving country.
Melissa Varanasi and family
I visited Norway, the land of my ancestors, a few years ago and I was struck by the kindness of the people and the beauty of the land. It is unimaginable that the recent horror took place in such a wonderful, peace-loving country. My heart goes out to all Norwegians at this very tragic time. I know, however, that the people will remain the same. This is very evident from the emphasis on love and not on hate, anger, and revenge. I am so proud to be a Norwegian-American.
Christine Foster Meloni
Please extend my family's sincerest condolences to the citizens of Norway, the country of my grandparents. I am greatly saddened by the violence that has come to this peaceful, beautiful land.
Our country has had its share of mayhem on the part of one or more individuals and because of this we can empathize with the grief you are all feeling. I hope that when this crazed individual has been brought to justice it will begin the process of healing for all.
St Charles, Illinois, USA
For all those that lost a family member or friend, I grieve for you and with you. This tragedy so deeply affects us all, but I hope that there is some small sense of comfort for each one of you in knowing that all of Norway, at home and abroad, we all mourn with you as we try to make sense out of this senseless act.
Astrid Elisabeth Dobloug
I am sending my condolences to all the people in Norway on the loss of all the innocent people that lost their lives in the terrible explosion set off by a citizen of Norway. My parents were born in Norway and I have several cousins that live there so I have a great love for this wonderful country, Norway.
Bernice Hoveland Hardy
I am anguished by the sorrow experienced by Norway in July.
My condolences to all, and prayers for the people.
Having lived in Norway for a year, may I say it is the kindest, gentles, most hospitable place on the planet. Having experienced the parade on Syttende Mai, having seen walking-streets for the first time, having visited Stavekirkes, and climbed mountains, having seen the museum in honor of Kontiki and Leif Eriksson, having tasted kranskekake, and marzipan sjokolade, having loved the people there, having lived free and happy for a year, and having wished that I were Norwegian, I am at a loss to understand what has happened there since I left in 1986.
I will continue to love Norway and Norwegians, and wish you strength and courage as you move forward.
Ms Rejni Nair
As a father of three young boys what happened in the forests of Norway touched me deep and I wept for the young souls who were cut short by senseless killing. The future hope of a nation was targeted by a man who has a twisted political motive, the liberal immigration and Islam. Refugees who came to Norway has become the main reason for this coward to kill young people of Norway, Are these young people the policy makers of Norway ? If the man has any reason he chose a wrong target and that sickens me.
Here in USA in 1980s we had similar incident in Oklahoma. There are similarities between the two incidents. Both killers are motivated by right wing racist view of "white supremacy". Al Qaeda is killing in the name of Islam and the Norwegian killer kills in the name of White race. On this ten year anniversary of 9/11 I will add the ninety souls of Norway who were cut short for just doing what they love, work and organize to make a difference for our planet.
This is one of my saddest Sunday in a very long time. I rather see we the parents go than see our children cut short, the one we supposed to protect, Why ??? My condolence to the parents, brothers, sisters and friends who lost loved ones.
New York City
Betty Reed shares with us this message that she got from her relatives in Norway
Here in Norway we are still talking and praying after this terrible terror attack. We don’t have enough words. But the attached song help us to describe it. Best regards The Kragseth family
We are deeply saddened by the loss of so many innocent lives in Norway on July 22nd. These terrible tragedies are a sad reminder that even the most peace loving nations can experience terrorism on their soil. We are heartened, however, by the outpouring of condolences from lodge members and non-members alike.
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