The rose laying ceremony was just one of the many events held this week honoring the Pan-Am bombing victims. Across campus, there were several displays, archives and forums on the subject. Candace Hopkins has a look at many other efforts to remember the victims and what their lives were all about.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- This week, everywhere you look on SU's campus, there are reminders of the 35 students whose lives were stolen on December 21st, 1988.
"Our Chancellor at the time in 1989 said that the university would never forget the students who were on Pan-Am Flight 103, so we have a commitment and a charge that we have been following and will continue to follow for the rest of history," said Edward Galvin, SU Director of Archives and Records Management.
A display on the quad shows where the students were sitting on board the flight. Inside the library, a timeline of the events following the bombing is on display. And what looks like a room full of old files is actually a time capsule of the victims' lives.
Galvin said, "There are so many people that, as I said earlier, don't get the opportunity to come here very often and to know that, especially after the parents and older people are gone, that there still will be ways for their children and their loved ones to be remembered, and there always will be here at the university."
Jennie Donohue studied abroad with the 35 victims in London in 1988, but stayed in Europe after the semester ended to travel. Friday, she spoke with students about her memories of that time and how it shaped her entire life since then.
"I like to look at the positive in this, in terms of the amazing friends that I made, the wonderful experiences that I had, the opportunity to really explore and to learn and to travel and to do all of those things I think are really important," Donohue said.
And for the faculty who knew the students who died, this week will always be about fondly looking back on the passion they had for life.
"We remember them as so alive and so excited about going to study abroad programs and I remember one student in particular who was so excited to go and I think about talking to the parents since then and how happy that they were that their students had this experience," said Maria Russell, SU Newhouse School Public Relations Department Chair.