SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A special ceremony honored the memory of 35 Syracuse University students who were killed in a terrorist attack nearly 30 years ago.

The students were all studying abroad when Pan Am flight 103 was bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. The incident claimed 270 lives.

Dozens of people were at Thursday's ceremony -- among them, a professor who lost eight of his students that day, Lawrence Mason, Jr. He says he attends the ceremony every year to make sure each victim's memory lives on.

"You know, my view is we're still celebrating the national football championship in 1959," Mason said. "We're not going to forget about that, or our basketball championships or our lacrosse championships. This is bigger than that. We don't forget about these things.

"These students had unfulfilled lives, not from their own devices. It's up to us to remember them and keep their memory alive and do things in their honor."

Syracuse University also names 35 of its current students as Remembrance scholars each year.