Samantha Smith Remembered In Concert With AM-Children’s Summit, Bjt
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Several hundred people turned out for a concert in memory of Samantha Smith, the Maine schoolgirl whose wish for worldwide peace gained international attention.
″Samantha’s wish for world peace and friendship embodies the spirit of this meaningful season,″ said Linda Smith, founder of Mothers Embracing Nuclear Disarmament, which sponsored the ″Holiday for Peace″ concert Sunday night.
″We wish to express the hope that the dream she embraced in her brief lifetime will come to fruition in our lifetime,″ said Ms. Smith, who is not related to Samantha.
Television and stage actor David Ogden Stiers was host of the concert, introducing such performers as San Diego Opera soprano Pauline Tweed, the San Diego Suzuki Strings and Mesa College Vocal Esemble. The concert concluded with a flashlight vigil.
Samantha was 13 when she, her father and six others were killed last August in a plane crash near an airport in Auburn, Maine.
She captured world attention in 1983 when she wrote to then-Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov about her fear of nuclear war. She later accompanied her parents on a two-week tour of the Soviet Union as Andropov’s guest, although she never met him.