A Day of Remembrance, Response and Hope

April 01, 2010

 

Approximately 1000 students, faculty, staff and Alliance community members gathered at the Bell Tower in Memorial Plaza at Mount Union College, Wednesday morning, September 11, to remember the victims of last year's attacks.

 

 

"We gather here in solemn silence to remember the events that shook the world," said Mount Union College President Jack Ewing.
Several students, faculty and staff members spoke briefly, recounting the events of the morning of September 11. 2001, The bell rang seven times, in remembrance of the four flights and three buildings involved in the attacks, followed each time by a moment of silence.
Senior Rachael Watson of Chagrin Falls said, "The events of September 11, 2001 had a profound effect on the students at Mount Union College. We were each absorbed in our own life when that abruptly changed, and we were united as Americans. Everyone trying to make sense of the senseless."
The ceremony was followed by a reading of the names of the over 3000 victims. Flags bearing the names of each of the victims lined the sidewalks of the campus surrounding Memorial Plaza.

At noon, approximately 100 people gathered in the Dewald Chapel to watch a slide show of photographs relating to September 11, 2001. The photographs portrayed various emotions -- fear, sorrow, pride in America and faith.

People begin to gather for the morning ceremony at the College Bell Tower. Over 3,000 flags line the sidewalks, representing the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

People begin to gather for the morning ceremony at the College Bell Tower. Over 3,000 flags line the sidewalks, representing the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

 

 

An American flag waves in the breeze before the start of the morning ceremony.

An American flag waves in the breeze before the start of the morning ceremony.

 

 

Students used the campus rock to remember September 11, 2001.

Students used the campus rock to remember September 11, 2001.

 

 

Flags line the sidewalk leading to the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center

Flags line the sidewalk leading to the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center

 

 

Students start to gather for the morning ceremony at the Bell Tower.

Students start to gather for the morning ceremony at the Bell Tower.

 

 

Clothing in red, white and blue and with the words "New York" was prominent.

Clothing in red, white and blue and with the words "New York" was prominent.

 

 

Approximately 1,000 students gathered at the College Bell Tower for the morning ceremony at Memorial Plaza.

Approximately 1,000 students gathered at the College Bell Tower for the morning ceremony at Memorial Plaza.

 

 

September 11, 2002: A Day of Remembrance, Response and Hope

September 11, 2002: A Day of Remembrance, Response and Hope

 

 

Senior Rachael Watson of Chagrin Falls speaks, remembering those aboard Flight 11.

Senior Rachael Watson of Chagrin Falls speaks, remembering those aboard Flight 11.

 

 

Sophomore Jamese Willis of Steubenville speaks, remembering those aboard Flight 77.

Sophomore Jamese Willis of Steubenville speaks, remembering those aboard Flight 77.

 

 

The bell at Memorial Plaza rang seven times, remembering the four airplanes and three buildings involved in the attacks.

The bell at Memorial Plaza rang seven times, remembering the four airplanes and three buildings involved in the attacks.

 

 

Students say a community prayer during the morning ceremony.

Students say a community prayer during the morning ceremony.

 

 

Dr. Scott Mason, associate professor of chemistry, attends the ceremony at the Bell Tower wearing a patriotic tie.

Dr. Scott Mason, associate professor of chemistry, attends the ceremony at the Bell Tower wearing a patriotic tie.

 

 

President Jack Ewing and his wife, Cynthia Ewing, listen to the reading of the names of the victims of September 11, 2001.

President Jack Ewing and his wife, Cynthia Ewing, listen to the reading of the names of the victims of September 11, 2001.

 

 

A student wears a shirt in support of the Fire Department of New York City.

A student wears a shirt in support of the Fire Department of New York City.

 

 

3005 American flags were placed around Memorial Plaza. Attached to each flag was the name of one of the victims of the September 11 attacks.

3005 American flags were placed around Memorial Plaza. Attached to each flag was the name of one of the victims of the September 11 attacks.

 

 

Mount Union College will never forget September 11, 2001.

Mount Union College will never forget September 11, 2001.

 

 

People were encouraged to take a flag home.

People were encouraged to take a flag home.

 

 

People enter the Dewald Chapel for the noon service.

People enter the Dewald Chapel for the noon service.

 

 

Approximately 100 people joined in the Dewald Chapel at noon to view a series of photographs relating to September 11, 2001.

Approximately 100 people joined in the Dewald Chapel at noon to view a series of photographs relating to September 11, 2001.

 

 

A slide show, accompanied by musical selections, reflected on various emotions -- fear, sorrow, pride in America and faith.

A slide show, accompanied by musical selections, reflected on various emotions -- fear, sorrow, pride in America and faith.

 

 

A "Service of Hope" was held in the Dewald Chapel Wednesday evening.

A "Service of Hope" was held in the Dewald Chapel Wednesday evening.

 

 

Following the evening service, there was a candlelight walk to the campus lakes.

Following the evening service, there was a candlelight walk to the campus lakes.

 

 

The candlelight vigil mirrored the response of the students last year to the events of September 11, 2001.

The candlelight vigil mirrored the response of the students last year to the events of September 11, 2001.

 

 

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