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UK COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER
TO MOURN ATTACK VICTIMS

By George Lewis

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"We all look at that flag a little differently today."

--Lee T. Todd Jr.,
president,
University of Kentucky

To listen to President Todd's remarks, click here.

To read a transcript of his comments, click here.

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Sept. 14, 2001 -- (Lexington, Ky.) -- Thousands of University students, faculty and staff gathered in the Memorial Hall amphitheater today to express their grief in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., his wife, Patsy, sitting close by his side, echoed the shock and courage that Americans have felt since the Tuesday's attacks.

"We all look at that flag a little differently today," Dr. Todd said, after the UK Army/Air Force ROTC Honor Guard presented the colors.

"The University community joins this nation in mourning the tragic events of this week. Our hearts and our thoughts reach out to those who have lost fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends, co-workers and relatives. We have the sense of loss that has descended on this country."

As people joined hands in an expression of unity, sorrow and respect, the UK Chorale lifted its voices in tribute.

Fully burdened and undiminished emotions revealed in the faces of those present mirrored scenes of the attack that undoubtedly were replaying in people's minds.

Several people waved small American flags. Others sat nearby covering their faces with their hands.


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