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University of Kentucky to Remember 9/11

By George Lewis

 

"The intent of the convocation is to be silent as we contemplate our hopes for peace, to listen to words of reflection, and to join in singing as we all try to heal from the wounds of a year ago."

-- Mary Bolin-Reece,
director of the UK Counseling & Testing Center and chair of the committee that organized the Day of Remembrance

 

 

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Sept. 6, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky will show its respect for 9/11 victims and their families with a Day of Remembrance. UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. has announced a commemoration from 12:15 p.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Memorial Hall Amphitheater. The president, who will be out of the country on university business that day, has designated Acting Provost Mike Nietzel to preside at the ceremony.

The commemoration will include a moment of silence led by 4 the Presenting and Posting of Colors by the UK Pershing Rifles, remarks by Nietzel, and singing of the national anthem and "America the Beautiful" led by the UK Chorale under the direction of Jefferson Johnson.

"The intent of the convocation is to be silent as we contemplate our hopes for peace, to listen to words of reflection, and to join in singing as we all try to heal from the wounds of a year ago," said Mary Bolin-Reece, director of the UK Counseling & Testing Center and chair of the committee that organized the Day of Remembrance.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside Memorial Hall.

Earlier in the day, the bell in the Barker Hall tower will toll in memory of the thousands killed in the terrorist attacks a year ago. Marking the times that the attacks took place, the bell will toll at the following intervals:

-- 8:48 a.m., Flight 11 strikes the World Trade Center North
-- 9:05 a.m., Flight 175 strikes the World Trade Center South
-- 9:43 a.m., Flight 77 strikes the Pentagon
-- 9:59 a.m., World Trade Center South collapses
-- 10 a.m., Flight 93 crashes in Pennsylvania
-- 10:28 a.m., World Trade Center North collapses

An observance of a time of silence will occur during the tolling of the bell.

In related activities, Student Government will display wall panels on which members of the UK community wrote remarks last year concerning the events and aftermath of 9/11. The panels will be on display at the Student Center from Monday, Sept. 9, until Friday, Sept. 13.

The UK Counseling & Testing Center will have a staff psychologist available in 251 Student Center from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 for those who need to express concerns or distress related to media broadcasts or commemorative events.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce will hold "The Continuing Impact of 9/11: A Year Later," a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Center Worsham Theatre. Patterson School faculty will form a panel offering analysis of world events post-9/11. The panelists will take questions and comments from the audience.

In addition, John Stempel, director of the Patterson School, will be featured in the Wednesday, Sept. 11, Lexington Herald-Leader. At the newspaper's request, Stempel wrote its 9/11 remembrance.

A student-organized 9/11 discussion will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in 106 White Hall Classroom Building. A five-professor panel consisting of UK historians and political scientists will answer questions and facilitate discussion.

A play eulogizing firemen lost in the World Trade Center disaster, "The Guys," will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Guignol Theatre in the College of Fine Arts Building on Rose Street. Nancy C. Jones directed the staged reading performed by Margo Buchanan and Russell Henderson. The play is free.


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