Each year in October, Syracuse University observes Remembrance Week. Events are designed by the Remembrance Scholars whose goal is to raise campus and community awareness of terrorism and to encourage the entire Syracuse University community to honor the 35 Syracuse students and all the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing by becoming involved and working to positively impact others – Look Back and Act Forward!
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.
Remembrance Week – October 19-26, 2014
Chalk The Quad – Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars will be chalking the Quad and painting the windows of the Schine Student Center so that the campus community will learn about the activities being held during Remembrance Week.
Location: The Shaw Quadrangle, Schine Student Center
Tentative Time/Date: Oct 12, October 19
Class Presentations – in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Week, and during Remembrance Week the Remembrance Scholars visited over 100 classes in all the schools and colleges, to tell their student colleagues about Pan Am Flight 103 and SU’s remembrance events.
Location: Throughout campus
Remembrance Chairs – A display of chairs on the Quad, each representing a student that perished in the Pan Am 103 bombing.
Location: The Shaw Quadrangle, in front of Hendricks Chapel
Date/Time: Remembrance Week, Oct. 19-25
Remembrance Posters – Posters of all 35 Syracuse students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 will hang in the Schine Student Center during Remembrance Week. Silhouettes depicting each of the SU students on Pan Am Flight 103 are located throughout the campus.
Location: Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center
Date/Time: October 19- 26
Monday, October 20th
Dove Balloon Release – Walk for Peace – Candle Light Vigil
At 6:15 PM, participants will meet on the Quad in front of Hendricks Chapel. A choir of a cappella groups will sing “In Remembrance” from Requiem as 35 bio-safe balloons, each in the shape of a dove and each representing 1 of the 35 Syracuse students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, will be released.
Following this ceremony, all participants are invited to join in a short Walk for Peace, ending at the Wall of Remembrance.
At approximately 7 PM, the Remembrance Scholars will host a Candle Light Vigil at the Wall of Remembrance in honor of all those lost on Pan Am Flight 103, especially our 35 Syracuse students.
All are welcome to participate.
Location: The Shaw Quadrangle
Time: 6:15 PM
Tuesday, October 21st
Acting Forward: Have a few minutes to spare? In honor of Remembrance Week, we will be making a Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches for Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter and the Bishop Foery Foundation to send meaningful messages to those in need! We need to make 375 sandwiches for these 2 deserving agencies. Stop by the Whitman Atrium for a few minutes for a fun and an engaging way to get involved in the community.
Location: Whitman Atrium
Time: starting between 3:30 and 4 PM
Wednesday, October 22nd
Open Mic Night: Join us for a night of poetry, music, and more to remember the victims of Pan Am 103 and act forward for the peace.
Location: Slocum Auditorium
Time: 7pm to 9pm.
Thursday, October 23rd
Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion: A panel will discuss how terrorism affects a small town focusing on Lockerbie, Scotland and Shanksville, PA. The discussion will be followed by a screening of “We Were Quiet Once,” a documentary produced by SU alumna Laura Beachy ‘12 about how the 9/11 terrorist attacks affected the small town of Shanksville, PA.
Location: Slocum Auditorium
Time: panel starts at 7:00, documentary screening starts at 8:00
Friday, October 24th
The rose laying ceremony is the culminating event of Remembrance Week in which each of the Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars honor and remember all those lost in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, especially the 35 Syracuse students. Each scholar will lay a rose on the Wall of Remembrance in their honor.
Location: Place of Remembrance in front of Hall of Language
Time: 2:03 PM
The Remembrance Convocation honors this year’s Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars. The Convocation will be followed by a reception in the lobby of the Heroy Geology Building.
Location: Hendricks Chapel
Time: 3:00 (Convocation)
Other Events or Activities
In cooperation with People’s Place in Hendricks Chapel, cup sleeves with information about Remembrance Week were distributed.
At the SU vs. North Carolina football game on November 1st, a moment of silence took place in honor of Pan Am Flight 103 victims; and at the Duke game on November 8th, the Remembrance Scholars were recognized, and Pan Am Flight 103 was remembered during the pre-game events.
Remembrance Scholars took part in a Fast Forward project to paint murals on the Mt. Olympus stairs. One panel of this giant mural remembers all those lost on Pan Am Flight 103.