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UK Remembers 9/11

By George Lewis

Students hold hands during a moment of silence commemorating the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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"America was changed forever on that day, wounded in a way we'll never forget. Those were moments that split history, and we began to define the world as 'before' and 'after.'"

-- UK Acting Provost Mike Nietzel

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Sept. 11, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- About 1,000 people attended the University of Kentucky Day of Remembrance in the Memorial Hall Amphitheater today to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks of a year ago.

"America was changed forever on that day, wounded in a way we'll never forget," said UK Acting Provost Mike Nietzel. "Those were moments that split history, and we began to define the world as 'before' and 'after.'"

Nietzel lauded UK as a place of diversity with a "long and enviable record of bringing together people with different ideas and backgrounds."

"Public education is one of the cornerstones on which rests our ability both to open our arms in gestures of invitation and inclusiveness as well as to link our arms in acts that ensure our security," he said.

Senior Vice President and Chancellor of the UK Chandler Medical Center James Holsinger led participants in a moment of silence.

The UK Chorale performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful," and the UK Pershing Rifles presented and posted the colors.

The event was similar to one that UK held Sept. 14, 2001. That event drew thousands in mourning, disbelief and bewilderment.


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