Every fall semester, Syracuse University observes Remembrance Week. The week’s events are designed by the Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars, whose goals are to raise campus and community awareness of terrorism and encourage the entire Syracuse University community to honor the 270 lives lost, including 35 Syracuse University study abroad students and 11 residents on the ground of Lockerbie, Scotland, during the Pan Am 103 terrorist attack.
“As our campus and community looks back on a senseless tragedy, we find comfort and meaning in remembering the lives and passions of those who lost their lives on December 21st, 1988 and especially in acting – on their behalf – to make the communities we live in better.”
Schedule of Events
In collaboration with Hendricks Chapel Office of Engagement Programs, the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service, and the Renée Crown University Honors Program, Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars present, Pledge to Remember. Members of the campus community are encouraged to pledge 35 hours of service to a local organization in the spirit of Remembrance.
Sunday, October 20, 2019 – 4 p.m. – Music and Message, Hendricks Chapel 6:15 p.m. – Candlelight Vigil, Place of Remembrance Syracuse University Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars commence Remembrance Week activities with Music and Message in collaboration with Hendricks Chapel that addresses themes of hope, resilience and action in the face of tragedy. The Hendricks Chapel Choir, Hendricks Handbell Choir and other student groups will perform, and the program will conclude with a dinner in Hendricks Chapel and a vigil at the Remembrance Wall.
Monday, October 21, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Ribbon Tying, The Orange Grove Scholars and students will tie ribbons at the Orange Grove in honor of the victims of Pan Am 103 and pledge to always Look Back and Act Forward.
6 p.m. – Terror in the Digital Age Panel, Watson Theater A panel discussion on terrorism in the digital age. Panelists include Jennifer Stromer-Galley, an iSchool professor with a social media research focus; Admiral Murrett, a Maxwell professor with specialties in national security, international relations, and military and defense strategy, and Sean O’Keefe, a Maxwell professor and expert on national security. Remembrance Scholars Adam Bayer and Hassina Adams will moderate.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 1:28 p.m. – 2:03 p.m. – Sitting in Solidarity, Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle The Remembrance Scholars will sit in 35 empty chairs on the Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle that will be arranged in the formation of the seats on the plane that the 35 students they represent were sitting in for 35 minutes, up until the exact time the Pan Am 103 bombing occurred. Substitutes will sit in for scholars who are not on campus to ensure all 35 seats are filled.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mirror Me, Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle A display featuring mirrors on the Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle; humanizing the Syracuse University students who lost their lives in the bombing by emphasizing that they were just like the Syracuse University students of today. The rain location for this display will be Bird Library.
7 p.m. – All-American Terrorism Panel, HBC Gifford Auditorium A panel discussion on how domestic terrorism is seen through the lens of white supremacy, anti-immigrant sentiment, and xenophobia, and its portrayal in the United States media. The panel will feature Brian Novitsky from the Syracuse Police Department, Rev. Dr. Bruce Burns from the New Pastor and First Lady, Jillian Juni from Syracuse Hillel, and Prof. Elliot Lewis, a broadcast journalism professor and former lawyer. The panel will be moderated by Remembrance scholar Gabrielle Caracciolo.
Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 7 – 9 p.m. – Celebration of Life, Slocum Auditorium A Celebration of Life filled with music, poetry, art, dancing and more to honor the victims of Pan Am 103 and to celebrate life alongside the victims’ families and the current scholars.
Friday, October 25, 2019 – 2:03 p.m. – Rose-Laying Ceremony, Place of Remembrance The annual Rose-Laying Ceremony will be held at the Place of Remembrance, located in front of the Hall of Languages.
This ceremony honors the 270 people, including 35 students studying abroad through Syracuse University, who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The ceremony also honors 2002-03 Lockerbie Scholar Andrew McClune, who died in 2002. 3 – 4 p.m. Remembrance Convocation, Hendricks Chapel The 2019 Convocation honoring the 2019-20 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars.