Central New York, Community, Education, History

A Week to Look Back and Act Forward

By Tania Joseph SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)Remembrance Week is dedicated to celebrating the lives of 35 Syracuse university students that passed away on December 21, 1988 when their flight back from abroad was bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland. The Pan Am Flight 103 bombing has paved the way for many policies that are now in place when traveling. 

“We see the effects of this bombing when flying, there’s tighter airport security and many procedures in place to keep us safe,” said Francis Morency. This incident also set a precedent on how to inform parents and families about deaths that take place abroad.

Remembrance scholars such as Francis Morency and Nedda Sarshar are acting forward this year through continuing the conversation on violence through dialogue groups, service, and education. 

Nedda Sarshar expressed that through the Syracuse archives she was able to learn so much about her victim and grasp what took place on that day. “It’s an honor to be a Remembrance Scholar”, said Sarshar.

Often times people can’t connect to things taking place around them due to the time that events took place. Although this tragedy took place in 1988 the remembrance scholars at Syracuse University aim to inform people about a day that is a huge part of Syracuse University’s history. They each represent a victim of the Orange Family and play a major role in carrying on their legacy for years to come.

A list of events Syracuse University scholars and community members have planned for this week to commemorate the lives of the victims and work towards acting forward, and healing together through peace and unity are listed below:

For more information on Remembrance Week visit: http://remembrance.syr.edu/



"Celebration of Life," a night filled with different forms of art to reflect on all the lives lost in the Lockerbie Bombing. (c ) 2016 Tania Joseph