Two years ago, Americans watched their televisions in horror as two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The events of 9/11 brought the nation unimaginable shock and grief, but also a sense of patriotism that united the University community.
On the second anniversary of Sept. 11, a quiet observance is planned on the WVU campus. Students will set up a memorial wall with the names of 9/11 victims inscribed on a banner that will hang from the brick wall outside the Downtown Campus Library. The temporary memorial is a place where the University and Morgantown community can reflect and come together to lay wreaths, flowers, flags and poems.
“This event and the people who lost their lives will forever be in the memories of all of us,”said Charlie Battleson, Student Government Association president.”Some of us were influenced in different ways than others, and it is important to have an area to remember. WVU will not let this be forgotten.”
The University will also light an evergreen tree near the library to symbolize the spirit of the victims that endured after the tragedy. Students dedicated the tree last year to the 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives, and the countless heroes who were involved in the rescue efforts.
“Marking the anniversary of Sept. 11 is very important in the continuing healing process,”said Ken Gray, vice president for student affairs.”It allows us to honor the memory of those lost while showing that we are not alone in our determination to remain strong as a community and nation.”
The WVU College of Creative Arts will commemorate Sept. 11 with a performance by the Graduate String Quartet in the lobby of the Creative Arts Center during the lunch hour.
The Quartet will perform for about 20 to 30 minutes, beginning at noon. The group includes Rowan Harvey and Kathryn Gardner, violins; Michelle Pissos, viola; and Boris Khusid, cello. The performance will feature Haydns Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 64. It is open to the public. For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4841 ext. 3108.
WVU lost two alumni in the 9/11 terrorist attacksChris Gray, a 1992 and 1994 graduate who was working as a broker for Cantor Fitzgerald; and Jim Samuel Jr., a 1993 graduate who was working as a commodities broker for Carr Futures. Both worked at the World Trade Center Towers. Scholarship funds were set up in their memory through the WVU Foundation.