This week marks Remembrance Week on the Syracuse University Campus. It's a time for the campus community to reflect and learn more about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. There were 270 people killed, including 35 students studying abroad. Our Iris St. Meran spoke to Remembrance Scholars about honoring the legacy of the students who came before them.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Nearly 25 years. That's how long it's been since that fateful day aboard Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland.
"We never forget. It would be wrong to forget," said Lockerbie Academy Director Graham Herbert.
Herbert is from Lockerbie and is here for Remembrance Week at SU. He is the director of a primary school in the town, Lockerbie Academy. Herbert postponed his retirement to be a part of the ceremonies.
"I definitely wanted to come to remembrance week this week. It was ten years since I was last on campus,” Herbert explained, “So it is a closure for me, as well as the 21st of December being. You know that's 25 years on."
Like his students, current Syracuse University remembrance scholars were born after the fact. But they still feel a connection. Erin Carhart, a Remembrance Scholar, learned about the events from her time here and her mom who was a student here in 1989.
Carhart said, "Being a part of this community, the Syracuse University community and the Greater Syracuse community it just bridges these gaps and it makes it feel we're all together and we're all part of the larger community."
Being part of the larger community comes with a greater responsibility to make sure the 35 students are never forgotten. Although many students learned about it after coming to SU, it's an event that is in the back of their minds.
"So many of my friends went abroad with the same London program that these 35 victims went on. I can't imagine if 35 of them didn't come back. It would be an absolute travesty. I think this is something that's harmed our University so much that it's important that this goes on for 25 plus years to come," said Remembrance Scholar Colin Brown.
By continuing to pass along this legacy to the next remembrance scholars, the 35 victims live on in the hearts of students.
There are a number of events taking place during Remembrance Week.
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