Cyclists Ride to SU to Remember the Pan Am 103

On December 21st 1988 a plane above Lockerbie, Scotland fell victim to a terrorist bomb. All 259 people on board passed away, along with 11 more on the ground. 35 Syracuse students were passengers on the plane.

Colin Dorrance was 18 when he saw the explosion above his hometown. He wanted to do something special to remember those lost in the tragedy so he boarded a plane with four other Scottish men and they will be completing the journey those 35 Syracuse students began in 1988. This is a part of "Cycle to Syracuse," a bike ride that memorializes the 30th anniversary of the Pan Am Flight 103. Dorrance is on the last leg of the trip- 600 miles from Washington DC to Syracuse. 

Both Syracuse University and the town of Lockerbie in Scotland have worked to create something good from the tragedy. For 29 years, Lockerbie has sent two students to SU to study for a year. 

Dorrance and his team will meet with victim's families along their journey and plan to be arriving in Syracuse on November 1, which falls during the remembrance week at the university for the event. 


 

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