Remembrance Week 2021
Remembrance Week 2021
On Sunday, October 17, Remembrance Week began at Hendricks Chapel, paying tribute to the 270 people, including 35 Syracuse University students, whose lives were lost in the Pan Am Flight 103 tragedy in Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988.
The Remembrance and Lockerbie scholars have several events planned for the week, starting with the Music and Message collaboration with Hendricks Chapel. The activities will include a display of 35 empty seats on the Shaw Quadrangle to commemorate the 35 SU students on the flight, screenings of two different films made about the incident, and a historical exhibition of the tragedy through the lens of contemporary media coverage as well as records of the aftermath of the event.
The week will culminate with a Rose-Laying Ceremony at 2:03 p.m. this Friday, as well as the annual Remembrance Scholar Convocation at 3 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel.
All events are free and open to the public, with the goal being to honor the victims of the tragedy as well as educate the campus community about the event.
Members of the Syracuse University community gathered to commemorate the lives lost in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988. The rose-laying ceremony was followed by a convocation at Hendricks Chapel to honor the Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars.
Selections from the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives were available for viewing in the Hillyer Room (606) of Bird Library. The pop-up exhibition included selections highlighting the Archives’ holdings related to the Dec. 21, 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
An evening of music, poetry, art, dancing was held at Schine on Thursday evening to honor the victims of Pan Am 103 and to celebrate life alongside the victims’ families and the current scholars.
The “Seat 20D” documentary tells the story of Suse Lowenstein, mother of Syracuse University student and Pan Am 103 victim Alexander Lowenstein, and “Dark Elegy,” the sculpture collection she created as a memorial to the victims. The Screening was held Tuesday evening in Gifford Auditorium, Huntington Beard Crouse Hall.
Screening of IMPACT, an original work by Amy Engelhardt ’87. IMPACT tells the story of a chain of remarkable “follow-signs” that lead playwright Amy Engelhardt to Lockerbie, Scotland shortly after the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. An open discussion session followed the screening of IMPACT lead by Amy Engelhardt and 2021-22 Remembrance Scholar Caleb Sheedy.
The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars began Remembrance Week activities with a Music and Message collaboration with Hendricks Chapel. The event addressed themes of hope, resilience and action in the face of tragedy.
The 35 Empty Seats represent each of the 35 Syracuse University students lost aboard Pan Am Flight 103. During the event the 35 Remembrance Lockerbie Scholars sat in the seats on the Quad for 35 minutes. The chairs they sat in were arranged to represent where the victims of Pan Am Flight 103 were sitting.