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Honoring Secretary Ronald Brown on the 15th Anniversary of His Death

April 4, 2011

Michelle O’Neill is the Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade

I am very proud to be here today to represent the U.S. Department of Commerce at this very moving memorial

Deputy Under Secretary Michelle O'Neill (3rd from right) at the Ronald Brown memorial in Croatia with staff from Commercial Service Belgrade, Vienna, Zagreb and Washington, DC

Deputy Under Secretary Michelle O’Neill (3rd from right) at the Ronald Brown memorial in Croatia with staff from Commercial Service Belgrade, Vienna, Zagreb and Washington, DC

ceremony.  I had the pleasure of working with Secretary Ronald Brown and of knowing many of those who perished here, so this has been an emotional day for me.  I would like to express my personal appreciation and the appreciation of the Department of Commerce to the people of Croatia for keeping the memory of all those who were lost here by celebrating their lives every April for the last fifteen years.

This beautiful memorial is a fitting tribute and I must say a special thank you to the people of Dubrovnik-Neretva County for building and maintaining it with such obvious care and respect.  We miss all our friends and colleagues and we thank you for helping to make sure they and their mission are never forgotten.

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