In Memory Of
Nicholas Andreas Vrenios
United States of America / Seat 46E
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Nicholas Andreas Vrenios
Student - Syracuse University
August 20, 1968 - December 21, 1988 (Age: 20)

Nicholas (Nick) Andreas Vrenios was a junior majoring in photography at Syracuse University. His dream was to be a professional photographer; his hero was Ansel Adams, the renowned nature photographer. Tim Slaughter, one of Nick's London, England, roommates, recalls how Nick would get up early, go out and try for "the perfect picture of the Queen or someone else."

Nick went to London with three prized possessions—a camera, a guitar, and a skateboard. The skateboard made him "quite a sight" speeding along London streets, Tim said. Nick was an accomplished guitar player and would "make up" music with Scott Cory and his harmonica. Scott, another London roommate, was on the plane with Nick.

In recognition of his love of all kinds of music, his parents are establishing a scholarship fund for talented music students in Nick's memory.

Nick always tried to do everything, his father recalled. After staying awake for 50 hours near the end of the semester. Nick couldn't resist packing his bags for a quick trip to Scotland. A family friend described him as "very bright, very curious, and one of those people that other people just gravitate to. He was very excited about the world."

In the Syracuse yearbook. his parents describe him, "Nick possessed an enthusiasm for life. His eagerness and joy to experience everything and his love for travel led him to London to study for a semester. He loved people, photography, nature, laughter, skateboarding, poetry, swimming, and playing the guitar. His favorite expression? Go for it!"

2022
Furioso An exhibit of photographer Taryn Simon’s recreated floral centerpieces was displayed to underscore how the stagecraft of political and economic power is created, performed, marketed, and maintained. - NY Times So this is what it has come to art that abstracts us not Goya's wild eyed Saturn devouring his child not even a fake spray of roses but a pretty little photograph of lisianthus a secret within a secret within a secret. French and British intelligence suspected Libyan involvement, American investigators found supporting evidence while combing through the Lockerbie wreckage Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's conviction vindicated Gaddafi's accusers. With the sanctions taking their toll and affecting Libya's lucrative trading relations with Europe, Gaddafi announced, per The New York Times, that Libya would take responsibility for the bombing and pay three billion to families of the victims. NY Times. We gawk at the captions: settlement agreement between Libya and the United States compensation for victims of Pan Am 103. Here artifice of political power plucked marketed stage crafted Money, isn’t it always about money?) barbed, gaudy signatures on paper treaties for trade steel splinters gun barrels bombs closed borders brass plaques Oil companies such as Shell and British Petroleum Opposed the sanctions, hoping to obtain contracts to survey Libya's oil and gas fields once they were gone. Facing a surge of undocumented economic migrants passing through Libya,Italy lobbied American president George W Bush to restore full relations with Libya in return for Gaddafi's cooperation in curbing migration. Wall Street Journal Agreement settling all outstanding lawsuits to provide compensation for damages claimed by their respective nationals Around 148 passengers and the pilot may have survived the initial explosion only to experience the horror of a 31,000 drop to the ground. Many of them would have passed out initially from lack of oxygen but regained consciousness somewhere between 15,000 and 10,000 feet. For them the seemingly never ending drop must have been horrific. Many were found holding crucifixes suggesting that they expected to die Associated Press Our dawn wakes with bitter hunger the wafer tastes of arid deliverance and wine of spilled blood. I would give my voice, the whole damned thing for the return of a son. It’s not exactly a prayer, but something close. The world still exists in us, we ask for more than paper-dry roses and lisianthus.
Capital and Lisianthus for Pan Am
Posted By Elizabeth Vrenios
Aug 01, 2022 - Mendocino, CA
A gift from the people of Scotland, the cairn in Arlington Cemetery is made of 270 blocks of red sandstone quarried from Lockerbie in memory of the 270 people lost in the Pan Am 103 bombing in 1988 NY Times. grief is not buried here. only stones stacked. stacked in a cairn. stones carved fit end to end. Scottish stones. each stone like the other. laid round over round. end on end. bombed despair. stones laid back-to- back. each a wound. each like the other. identical stones. souls stacked to fit. wind to wind. flower to flower. each world tips over. back. back and back again. carved stones fit end to end. fragments of a bomb. fragments of sand. fragments split from lost gold of grass. from lost depth of spring moss, from loss. fragments of dreams. mortar forgetting air. love mortared in tears. in soaring seeds. mortared fragments balanced end on end. mortared endless dirges of stones. dirges of memory balanced at edge of sky. each stone. a life ended. my son. student. mother. child. father. son. daughter. pilot. stewardess. teacher. saint. angel. human. families around the dinner table. bombed. shiny. bloody. laughing. longing. broken. edges mortared. moments raining over the singing insistence of grief. moments peeling away clouds. back fitting to back. bone to bone. wing to wing. heart to heart. stones piled like bones. bombed. broken, burst fragments of stars. fall. tip back over back. gather in cairns. gather in grasses. gather in stones. fall from light into light. death into death. body over body over body. earthen piles. graves into grave into grave. wings over wings. in rounds back-to-back. stacked. each a clay pot broken. crushed. bombed. back to red earth. formed into memory. into tears. into open wounds. sealed by love's mortar. endless bones. end to end to end to end to end to end.  
Cairn
Posted By Elizabeth Vrenios
Aug 01, 2022 - Mendocino, CA
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Special Delivery
Posted By Elizabeth Vrenios
Jan 01, 2018 - Bethesda, MD
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Memorial Pin Pan Am Flight 103
Posted By Foundation Staff
Dec 21, 1988