Pan Am 103 20th anniversary will be commemorated Dec. 21 at Hendricks Chapel
Pan Am 103 20th anniversary will be commemorated Dec. 21 at Hendricks ChapelDecember 15, 2008Kelly Homan Rodoskikahoman@syr.edu
Sunday, Dec. 21, marks the 20th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and the loss of 270 individuals, including 35 Syracuse University students returning from a semester abroad in London and Florence. The plane exploded in the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland, at 2:03 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 21, 1988.
Syracuse University will mark the anniversary on Sunday with a Service of Remembrance at 2:03 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel, which is open to the public. The service will be led by the Rev. Kelly Sprinkle and chaplains from Hendricks Chapel, and will include music, prayers and reflections, and a reading of the names of the 35 student victims from SU. Sprinkle will share a prayer that he collaboratively wrote with clergy in Washington, D.C., and Lockerbie. The prayer will be read at services at those sites on the same date.
Following the service, those gathered will process to the Wall of Remembrance, while the Crouse College chimes toll 35 times in remembrance of the lost students. A candle and memorial wreath will be placed at the wall, and Sprinkle will read a memorial statement.
Services will also be held on Dec. 21 at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C., where representatives from SU will be in attendance; and in Lockerbie, where wreaths will be presented on behalf of SU and the Lockerbie Scholars.
For more information on the 20th anniversary commemoration, visit http://panam103.syr.edu.