UNCW Commemorates 9/11

by Zack Cyrus
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Supplied photo courtesy of UNCW/Jamie Moncrief

University of North Carolina Wilmington students, staff and faculty join community members and first-responders on the Hoggard Hall lawn on Friday, Sept. 9, to form the Twin Towers surrounded by a Pentagon ring during a commemoration of the 9/11 attacks. The event was sponsored by UNCW students and the Division of Student Affairs.


The Division of Student Affairs and the University of North Carolina Wilmington students sponsored a commemoration ceremony for those whose lives were lost or altered on Sept. 11, 2001. UNCW students and faculty gathered in the formation of the Twin Towers and Pentagon to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Students were asked to wear teal and join in the ceremony on the lawn in front of Hoggard Hall.

Participants were given a card with a victimís name on the front, which was held above their heads in a moment of silence for those who lost their lives.

In addition, veterans and local first responders were honored.

Following the national anthem and a few brief remarks from vice chancellor Pat Leonard, each honoree was recognized by their department or branch of service and had their name called out so guests were able to show their gratitude.

Chief of Wrightsville Beach Fire Department Frank Smith said, "We are happy to participate and itís nice for UNCW to do something like that for us and to think about us."

Event creator Bill Hawks said, "It was a way I think for us to remember what it was like after Sept. 11 where no one really thought about what group they were in, and we just thought about being Americans."

Hawks hoped the event inspired patriotic feelings for those who participated. An overwhelming amount of people attended the event, which made it a success in the minds of those who organized it, as well as those who attended. The commemoration ceremony was a living tribute to the victims and their families involved in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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