Look Back, Act Forward

Each year in the fall, 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.

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, events will be held throughout the 2018-2019 academic year.

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.

For information about past Remembrance Week events, please contact the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives.

This page will continue to be updated as additional event information becomes available.


“We Remember Them: The Legacy of Pan Am Flight 103”

Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives exhibition, through June 2019, sixth floor galleries at Bird Library. Reproductions will be on display at Lubin House. More information available at

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. This exhibition will be on display at locations on main campus, Lubin House in New York City, Greenberg House in Washington D.C. and Faraday House in London through mid-December.

Orange Central and Pre-Remembrance Week

More information and registration available at

Saturday, October 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 Archivist Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn. Schine Student Center Room 304, 9-10:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 21

Race to Remember, a 3.5-mile fun run, roll or stroll. Proceeds will benefit the Remembrance Scholarship Fund. Einhorn Family Walk, 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race.

Monday, October 22-Wednesday, October 24

Informational tabling with Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars. Schine Student Center Atrium, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday, October 25

Demystifying Islam, a panel discussion in partnership with the Muslim Students Association. Schine Student Center Room 228B, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 26

Thirty-five saplings will be planted on Syracuse University’s South Campus to commemorate the 35 Syracuse study abroad students lost on Pan Am Flight 103. This is a collaboration between University College, Campus Planning, Design and Construction and Physical Plant. Planting will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register here to volunteer.

Saturday, October 27

Family Weekend tours of “We Remember Them: The Legacy of Pan Am Flight 103” exhibition. Bird Library’s sixth floor galleries, 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

Remembrance Week

Sunday, October 28

Candlelight Vigil in collaboration with Hendricks Chapel’s weekly Dean’s Convocation will begin at the Chapel at 7 p.m. before proceeding to the Place of Remembrance.

Monday, October 29

“Overcoming the Traumas of Terrorism,” a panel discussion moderated by Karen Hall, assistant director of civic engagement and academic advising for the Renée Crown University Honors Program. Slocum Hall Room 214, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30

30 Minutes of Mindfulness. Meditation led by Buddhist Chaplain Joanne Cooke. Noble Room of Hendricks Chapel, 10 a.m.

A Conversation with Jim Kreindler, 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 disaster. Dineen Hall Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom, College of Law, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, October 31

Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars will tie commemorative ribbons on trees in the Orange Grove, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, November 1

Cycle to Syracuse Welcome Reception. Five cyclists from Lockerbie will conclude the Lockerbie Memorial Tour 2018, an event to honor the victims of Pan Am 103 and highlight emergency services. Einhorn Family Walk, 3:00 p.m.

Celebration of Life Open Mic Night, honoring the Pan Am 103 victims through the artistic talents of current scholars and students. Schine Student Center Panasci Lounge, doors open at 7 p.m.; event begins at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 2

Rose-Laying Ceremony to remember the Syracuse study abroad students killed in the Pan Am 103 bombing. Place of Remembrance, located in front of the Hall of Languages, 2:03 p.m.

Remembrance Scholar Convocation, honoring the 2018-2019 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars. Hendricks Chapel, 3 p.m. A reception will follow in the lobby of the Heroy Geology Building.

Asynchronous Rose-Laying Ceremonies will be held at the University’s study abroad centers around the world during Remembrance Week. Additionally, members of the University community will wear commemorative buttons honoring all 270 victims of the tragedy during the Syracuse Rose-Laying and Remembrance Scholar Convocation ceremonies.

Throughout the Week

Thirty-five empty chairs and a miniature cairn, a traditional Scottish marker of remembrance, 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 will be located on the Einhorn Family Walk, outside of the Schine Student Center.

Pen-and-ink drawings and candid posters of the 35 student victims will be on display in buildings throughout campus.

December 6, 2018

Red Cross Blood Drive. Schine Student Center Room 304ABC, 12-6 p.m. Registration information forthcoming.