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SU Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Pan Am Bombing

Photos of the faces of the 270 killed in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing hang outside the exhibit. (c) 2018 Morgan Glicksman

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By Morgan Glicksman SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing that killed 35 Syracuse University students returning home from a semester abroad.

SU’s Bird Library is honoring those lost in the terrorist attack with an exhibit called “We Remember Them“.

The 1988 bombing and crash claimed the lives of all 259 individuals on board the plane and 11 residents on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland.

Over the past year, Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, SU Assistant University Archivist curated a collection of materials for the anniversary exhibit. She said it was difficult to construct an exhibit honoring an event of this magnitude.

“With 270 individuals who lost their lives. You can’t tell every one of their stories in the depth that you would like. What we chose to focus on were the different ways in which they have been remembered as a whole and by their different communities,” said Oegger-Menn.

The university honors the lives of the 35 students each year with a week of events called Remembrance Week held in October. This year, however, they have chosen to commemorate the terrorist attack for the entire school year.

“There are going to be events going on throughout the year which is a bit different than in a normal year and I would just encourage members of the campus community to keep an eye out for things, ” said Oegger-Menn.

The exhibit is located on the sixth floor of Syracuse University’s Bird Library. It will be open for the entire 2018-2019 school year.