Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Almost 25 years have passed, but many people in Central New York will never forget the act of terrorism that blew Pan Am Flight 103 out of the sky.
This week, Syracuse University – which lost 35 students on the flight – is holding a series of events as part of remembrance week.
And there’s another community thousands of miles away that’s been trying to heal all these years, right along with Syracuse.
The image of debris scattered across the Scottish countryside in Lockerbie in late December of 1988 are etched into the minds of many Central New Yorkers.
For those who were there, the incident is something they will never forget.
"So we're walking down past Sherwood Crescent where the wing came down, the smell of kerosene was overpowering, wreckage everywhere, personal papers, debris, you can imagine, bodies covered hastily,” said Lockerbie Academy Principal Graham Herbert.
Herbert was in Lockerbie the morning after the crash, checking on relatives.
He says suddenly the town of only 3,000 people was thrust right into the middle of an international incident.
Herbert says Syracuse and Lockerbie have formed an incredible bond over the tragedy.
"The reason why the link between Syracuse and Lockerbie is so successful is two of my kids come here every year. The network has just grown and grown. I've been on campus three or four days and I feel as though I'm among friends,” Herbert said.
Herbert makes sure the students at Lockerbie Academy learn about Pan Am 103.
“They have to appreciate what happened to their town, it's history. It's still the biggest disaster that has occurred in the UK,” Herbert said.
Herbert says that, like the town’s motto – Forward – Lockerbie has moved ahead. But the residents there never forget to look back and remember what happened that day almost 25 years ago.
11 people on the ground were killed in Lockerbie when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown out of the sky.
All 259 passengers on board died, including a couple from Clay, two SUNY Oswego students, a Colgate student, and 35 SU students.