SU students begin Remembrance Week
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Dozens of students gathered Monday night for a candlelight vigil, kicking off Remembrance Week. Each year, Syracuse University takes the time to honor the 270 people, including 35 SU students, who died in the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
That was 24 years ago. And while many current SU students weren't even alive when it happened, they understand the importance of maintaining the tradition.
"Shortly after the tragedy, a group of students got together, 35, to represent the 35 lost. And this tradition has been carried on every year without fail and each scholar is designated to represent one of the victims that was aboard Pan Am Flight 103," said Amanda Balch, organizer.
This past week, students also placed 35 chairs on the campus, representing the 35 seats of the SU students on the flight. Students and faculty members were encouraged to write good deeds that they observed or performed.