Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Randolph Remembers 9/11 Victims

Randolph College will mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a special remembrance ceremony. On Sunday, September 11, the Randolph community will come together to honor those who died during the tragic attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

At 8:46 a.m., the Conway Bell will ring three times in honor of the victims of Flight 11 and the World Trade Center 1. Community members will be asked to pause for a moment of silence after the bell tolls. At the conclusion of the moment of silence, Randolph community members will then read the names of each of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. During the reading of the names, the bell will again toll three times—at 9:02 a.m. to honor the victims of Flight 175 and the World Trade Center 2, at 9:37 a.m. in honor of the victims of Flight 77 and the Pentagon, and at 10:03 in honor of the victims of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

Organizers estimate it will take the Randolph community three hours to read the more than 3,000 names. Volunteers are being asked to sign up to read in 5-minute intervals. To participate, sign up at the Reception and Information Desk in Main Hall before Friday.

“September 11 will continue to be an important day in the history of our nation,” wrote Randolph President John E. Klein in an e-mail to the community this week. “It is fitting that the College community remember those who lost their lives that day. No matter where you are, or what you are doing, I hope each of us will take time to reflect on the significance of those events to our country.”