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When Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988, it was carrying 35 students studying abroad through Syracuse University home from a semester. In remembrance, our community reflects on this devastating loss.

The explosion, caused by a terrorist bombing, resulted in the deaths of all 259 passengers on board the Boeing 747 and 11 people on the ground. A great loss for the community, Syracuse University established the Remembrance Scholarship and Remembrance Week to educate students about terrorism and the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

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The Place of Remembrance

A centerpiece on the Syracuse University campus, the Place of Remembrance was dedicated on April 22, 1990. The Remembrance Wall, a semicircular structure which resides behind the Gateway to Campus, includes the names of the 35 Syracuse students who died on Pan Am Flight 103. Each year, the Syracuse community gathers at this memorial during Remembrance Week for a candlelight vigil and the rose-laying ceremony.

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Remembrance Scholars

The Remembrance Scholarship, one of the highest awards at Syracuse University, was established in memory of the 35 students lost. This scholarship is awarded to 35 seniors, chosen for distinguished scholarship, citizenship and service to the community. Remembrance Scholars each represent victims of the bombing, with a goal of reflecting and moving forward in their memory.

Learn more about the scholarship
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Remembrance Week

Each fall, Syracuse University observes Remembrance Week to commemorate the anniversary of the attack. The week’s events are planned and hosted by the Remembrance Scholars. Past events have included a "Media and Terrorism" panel, pop-up museum and open mic night. The week begins with a candlelight vigil and culminates on Friday with the rose-laying ceremony and Remembrance Convocation.

Learn more about Remembrance Week
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Established in 1990, the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at the Syracuse University Libraries serves as the home to primary source materials about the disaster and personal information about the 35 Syracuse University study abroad students killed in the attack. The archives were expanded in 2006 to include information about all 270 victims, including newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, audio tapes and more.

Learn more about the Archives

For more information about Pan Am Flight 103 and Lockerbie, Scotland, the following resources are available: