Dear Campus Community:
For those of us old enough to recall, it may be difficult to believe that 20 years have passed since the horrific events of 9/11. We can most likely remember where we were when we first heard the news … how it made us feel, how we reacted, and how much was lost that day.
I was in Baltimore and walked to work that day. After hearing about the first plane hitting the tower, I turned on the television and couldn’t take my eyes off of it. I felt paralyzed. Our staff gathered in our conference room and worried and cried together as the events of the day unfolded. We all wished that we could help, but unfortunately, we could not.
It was a day that I will never forget.
I also remember the incredible stories of bravery that surfaced, those that answered the call to help others, and the hundreds that searched for survivors in New York City in the aftermath. I recall the immeasurable sense of patriotism that washed over many of us as we came together admirably as American citizens —regardless of race, religion, or political preference—to support each other on and after that fateful day.
Although most of our current students were either toddlers or not born yet, their older family members would have provided a perspective when the events of this tragic day became a topic of conversation. For those who lost loved ones, I hope that with support and the passing of time, you have gained an appreciation for life’s many gifts and they have found peace beyond their sorrow.
For more information about the 20th anniversary of this event, visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, which will host an event for the families of victims, highlighted by a reading of names in-person and six moments of silence, acknowledging when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell and the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
As we commemorate this solemn anniversary, please take time to pay your respects with your thoughts and prayers, or in any other way that you feel appropriate, to the individuals lost that day and for their families and friends.
Sept. 10, 2021