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Day of Caring

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Photo of students holding hands during a moment of silence commemorating the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks at last year's Day of Remembrance.
Students hold hands during a moment of silence commemorating the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks at last year's Day of Remembrance.

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“For many who were personally touched by this event, this will be an especially difficult time and a solemn and sad day of remembrance. Even for those of us who were not personally affected, we want to be assured that those who lost their lives are not forgotten and their loved ones are not alone in their grief,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2003) -- The University of Kentucky community will commemorate the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy by tolling the campus bells and participating in volunteer community service projects in Lexington.

“For many who were personally touched by this event, this will be an especially difficult time and a solemn and sad day of remembrance. Even for those of us who were not personally affected, we want to be assured that those who lost their lives are not forgotten and their loved ones are not alone in their grief,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.

On Thursday, Sept. 11, campus bells will toll:

  • at 8:48 a.m. in memory of when Flight 11 struck the World Trade Center’s North Tower;
  • at 9:05 a.m., when Flight 175 struck the World Trade Center’s South Tower;
  • at 9:43 a.m., when Flight 77 struck the Pentagon;
  • at 9:59 a.m., when the South Tower collapsed;
  • at 10 a.m., when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania; and
  • at 10:28 a.m., when the North Tower collapsed.

The campus will observe a moment of silence at noon in memory of all who lost their lives that day.

Throughout the day, televisions in the UK Student Center will be tuned to national event coverage.

Faculty, staff and students are being encouraged to volunteer for a community service project in remembrance of the 9/11 victims.

“I want to encourage all members of our community to reach out to others on this day,” said Todd. “Share your talents, gifts and time. Only by service to and for others, can we truly honor those whose lives were lost on that fateful day.”

In recognition of 9/11 the United Way of the Bluegrass, First-Link of the Bluegrass, and other groups have organized a Day of Caring, featuring volunteer projects that have a positive impact on the entire community. Anyone interested in volunteering for these or future service projects can find out more at 313-LINK. Day of Caring service projects scheduled Sept. 11, 2003, include:

  • Johnson Elementary School at 123 E. Sixth St. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to trim shrubs, pull weeds, clean the grounds, and paint games on asphalt drives.
  • Booker T. Washington Elementary School at 798 Georgetown St. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to trim shrubs, weed, clean the grounds, and paint games on asphalt drives.
  • UK/Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Arboretum. Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a native-grass planting and maintenance.
  • UK/LFUCG Arboretum. A “reflection garden” is being built that will focus on how different cultures grieve and memorialize loved ones. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Dental screenings will take place at two Lexington locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for persons who cannot get other dental care. The UK Dental Van will be at the YMCA at 381 W. Louden Ave., and the Ronald McDonald Dental Bus will be at Community Action Fayette West at 1902 Cambridge Dr. Volunteers will help with intake and logistics for the dentists and UK dental students who are donating their time.

For more information and to volunteer for these or other community service projects, contact Barbara Moya-Thompson at First-Link of the Bluegrass, the information referral service for the United Way of the Bluegrass, at 313-LINK or (859) 313-5465, or Jean Ellen Hiter at the Student Volunteer Center at (859) 257-9385 or e-mail jehiter@uky.edu. Information also is online.


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