Look Back, Act Forward - Remembrance Week 2018 at Syracuse University

Each fall, Syracuse University observes Remembrance Week with a series of events designed by the Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars. The goal of Remembrance Week is to raise campus and community awareness of terrorism and to encourage the entire Syracuse University community to honor those lost on Pan Am Flight 103, especially the 35 Syracuse students, by becoming involved and working to positively impact others. Remembrance Week 2018 was held Oct. 26-Nov. 3. However, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, events were held throughout the 2018-19 academic year.

Events included the following:
“We Remember Them: The Legacy of Pan Am Flight 103”
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives exhibition: From August 2018 through June 2019, the sixth floor galleries in Bird Library were the site of an exhibit of materials from the Pan Am/Lockerbie archives, curated by Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archivist Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn. The exhibit tells the story of Pan Am Flight 103, including how we continue to remember those lost. Reproductions were on display at Lubin House in New York City during the fall semester.

Distributed Photography Exhibition
An installation of photographs by Remembrance and Lockerbie Ambassador Professor Lawrence Mason Jr. pertaining to Lockerbie, Scotland and Pan Am Flight 103 was displayed during the fall semester at various locations around the Syracuse campus, Lubin House in New York City, Greenberg House in Washington D.C. and Faraday House in London.

Saturday, Oct. 20
“Look Back, Act Forward,” a panel program and breakfast with Remembrance Scholar alumna Alyssa Limberakis Milili ’06, Pan Am 103 family member Kara Monetti Weipz and Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archivist Vanessa St.OeggerMenn, was held in the Schine Student Center. The panelists discussed the legacy of Pan Am 103 and the ways in which the tragedy continues to impact our lives today. Held during the reunion and homecoming weekend, the audience included current and past Remembrance Scholars, alumni of the 1988-1989 London and Florence abroad classes, and Chancellor Kent Syverud and Dr. Ruth Chen.

Sunday, Oct. 21
Race to Remember, a 3.5-mile fun run or stroll, was held. Proceeds benefited the Remembrance Scholarship Fund.

Monday, Oct. 22-Wednesday, Oct. 24
The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars hosted informational tables in the Schine Student Center.

Thursday, Oct. 25
The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars partnered with the Muslim Student Association for a panel discussion on “Demystifying Islam.”

Friday, Oct. 26
Thirty-five saplings were planted on Syracuse University’s South Campus to commemorate the 35 Syracuse study abroad students lost on Pan Am Flight 103. This was a collaboration between University College, Campus Planning, Design and Construction and Physical Plant.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Family Weekend tours of “We Remember Them: The Legacy of Pan Am Flight 103” exhibition were held.


Sunday, Oct. 28
A candlelight vigil was held in collaboration with Hendricks Chapel’s weekly Dean’s Convocation.

Monday, Oct. 29
The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars hosted an “Overcoming the Traumas of Terrorism” panel discussion.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
30 Minutes of Mindfulness meditation was led by Buddhist Chaplain JoAnn Cooke. A Conversation with Jim Kreindler was sponsored by the Syracuse University Libraries and the College of Law. Kreindler was the architect of the $2.7 billion settlement against the Libyan government on behalf of the families of the victims of the Pan Am 103.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars tied commemorative ribbons on trees in the Orange Grove.

Thursday, Nov. 1
The Cycle to Syracuse team was welcomed on the Einhorn Family Walk. A Celebration of Life Open Mic Night honored the Pan Am 103 victims through the artistic talents of current scholars and students.

Friday, Nov. 2
The annual Rose-Laying Ceremony and Remembrance Scholar Convocation were held. Asynchronous Rose-Laying Ceremonies were held at the University’s study abroad centers around the world during Remembrance Week. Additionally, members of the University community wore commemorative buttons honoring all 270 victims of the tragedy during the Syracuse Rose-Laying and Remembrance Scholar Convocation ceremonies.

Throughout Remembrance Week 2018
Thirty-five empty chairs and a miniature cairn, a traditional Scottish marker of remembrance, were displayed on the Kenneth A. Shaw Quad. Created by the 2012 Remembrance Scholars, the empty chairs juxtapose the visual representation of the 35 students lost with good deeds inscribed upon the chairs. The exhibition is meant to serve as a reminder of how a loss in the past can inspire positive actions in the present. A Remembrance Week Pop-Up Museum with information about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and Remembrance Week activities was located on the Einhorn Family Walk. Pen-and-ink drawings and candid posters of the 35 student victims were on display in buildings throughout campus.

Dec. 6, 2018
The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars sponsored a Red Cross blood drive.