Everything You Need To Know About Remembrance Week

3.RememberanceIt’s that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping along with your motivation. Midterms have you swamped and Halloween costume anxiety is creeping up. October is a busy time for Syracuse students, and it’s easy to get caught up in it all. I’m sure at some point in your Syracuse career two students came in to one of your classes during October to talk to you about Remembrance Week. You might have been confused about what exactly the week was, or maybe you were too busy doing homework for another class. The point is, Remembrance Week is an important Syracuse tradition that has a lot of history. And it’s just around the corner.

Here’s what you need to know.

Who is involved?

Every year 35 students are chosen to be Remembrance Scholars to represent the 35 Syracuse students who died in the Pan Am 103 bombing in 1988. They completely design all of the events that go on during the week themselves.

What goes on?

The week is used as a movement to honor the lives that were lost in Pan Am 103 and to raise campus awareness of terrorism. The event takes place as a way to “look back and act forward.”

Why do we have it?

On Dec. 21, 1988 Syracuse students were returning from studying abroad in London and Florence. The Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland killing 35 Syracuse students and 270 people total.

When is Remembrance Week?

This year the Remembrance Week takes place from October 25 to October 31. However, the Carrier Dome plans to hold a moment of silence during the Homecoming game vs. Pittsburg this Saturday. Events will continue throughout next week. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Sunday: A Candlelight Vigil will be held at Hendricks Chapel and concluding at the Wall of Remembrance. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday: A screening of the documentary “My Brother’s Bomber” in Slocum Auditorium by one of the victim’s, David, brother Ken Dornstein at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: A panel at 7 p.m. in Room 500 Hall of Languages called ‘Terrorism in the Internet Age.”
  • Wednesday: Halloween Party from 4-6 p.m. at Northeast Community Center.
  • Thursday: Materials from the Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives will be on display in Bird Library from 2-5 p.m.
  • Friday: The Annual Rose Laying ceremony will occur in front of the Hall of Languages at 2 p.m.
  • All week: Insomnia Cookies will donate 10% of sales to the Ronald McDonald House, the Wall of Hopes and Dreams will be in the HBC Plaza where you can "add your dreams" to a wall, a display of chairs representing where the students sat on the flight will be set up on the Quad, and The Hall of Languages will be lit with blue lights.

We know the month of October can be stressful, but take a second next week to remember the important things in life. Let's look back, and look forward… and make this university a better place to be.

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