I was deeply saddened by Sonny’s passing, and my heart goes out to all those gathered in Potomac to honor his legacy of service and philanthropy.
Sonny’s life was guided by an abiding vision that our tomorrows will be brighter than our yesterdays. He brought this belief-along with an unshakable strength of will-to his brilliant planning of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Thanks in large part to his devoted efforts, the Museum stands today as an eternal monument to the triumph of hope over hatred, reminding millions of visitors of our common humanity and our profound obligation to the future.
It was a true honor to award Sonny the Presidential Citizens Medal in 1998, and I will be forever grateful for his contributions to our nation and world. As you remember a selfless leader, I join you in celebrating his remarkable lifetime of accomplishment.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.