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Remembrance Week 2018 Is Underway At Syracuse University

The 35 Remembrance Scholars and other SU students and faculty participated in a candlelight vigil on Sunday night. Each Remembrance Scholar said the name of the student they are representing and how they will act forward in their memory. © 2018 Brianna Langlois

Click the play button above to learn about SU Remembrance Week and the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Audio transcript: Langlois_Remembrance Script

By Brianna Langlois SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — This week is Remembrance Week at Syracuse University. Remembrance Week is an annual week of events held to honor the lives lost in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988.

Thirty years ago, 270 people lost their lives, including 35 SU students returning home from studying abroad in London and Florence.

The events began on Sunday with a candlelight vigil and will end this Friday with a rose-laying ceremony at the Place of Remembrance in front of the Hall of Languages on the Syracuse University campus.

During a reading at the vigil, Brian Konkol, Dean of Hendricks Chapel at SU, said it would have been easy as a community to put up a wall between Syracuse and Lockerbie, but that didn’t happen.

“We decided to look back, and act forward,” Konkol said.

For Katie Berrell, a Remembrance Scholar and SU senior, this week is especially meaningful. Berrell is representing Steven Russell Berrell, her uncle, whom she never got to meet.

“It’s really a full-circle moment because I’ve had all this experience with the Remembrance program sort of on the other side of it, through the family’s perspective. We’ve really got to become close with the scholars who have represented my uncle. They’ve really become part of our family,” said Berrell.

Remembrance Week is not the only time the lives are remembered. Berrell will continue to honor her scholar for the rest of her life.

“You become a part of this community for your whole life and it’s really special to have that,” Berrell said.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary, five Lockerbie cyclists are cycling the 3,238 miles between Lockerbie and Syracuse, completing the journey the students never finished. They cycled in Lockerbie during September and October, then from Lockerbie Academy to Edinburgh Castle, and finally flew to Washington, D.C. where they are completing the 600 miles to Syracuse. They will be welcomed by the Remembrance Scholars on the Einhorn family walk on Thursday.

35 seats are set up on the main quad on SU campus to remember the students and to act forward in their memory. © 2018 Brianna Langlois