The new engraved granite facade of the Wall of Remembrance is now in place a few hundred feet down the hill from Syracuse University's landmark Hall of Languages on the center of campus. In October during Remembrance Week the university community will rededicate the memorial to the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am 103 and specifically the 35 students in the study abroad program who were murdered in a terrorist attack over Lockerbie, Scotland.
One key figure who might have taken part in the ceremony this year would have been United States Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Stevens was killed by rebels in Benghazi on September 11th. Stevens had been talking with the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 about coming to campus this fall to share the latest on the new Libyan government and how the post-Qadaffi era is taking shape.
Upon hearing of Stevens death last week this group of victim's families issued this statement of condolence. "The Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 are devastated by the horrendous attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that took the life of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens."
While Stevens is mourned and the summer long renovation of the campus Wall of Remembrance is completed, Syracuse area congressional representative Ann Marie Buerkle hopes to present congress with legislation by the end of this week to reinvigorate the investigation into the plot that led to the bombing of Pan Am 103.
Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi is the only man convicted in the largest case of murder in Scotland's history. He was freed from prison early to be able to return home to Libya. He died of cancer this past spring.
The United States has been working with the new Libyan government through the State Department and the Justice Department to see what new information could be revealed following the death of Moammar Qadaffi.
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