Special to the Journal
Victims To Be Honored with Display of Close to 3,000 American Flags and Campus-Wide Ceremony at Noon
ATLANTA (September 10, 2013) — This week, Georgia Tech students will display close to 3,000 American flags as part of a campus-wide memorial and remembrance ceremony to recognize victims and survivors of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 on this twelfth anniversary of the tragedy.
The American Flag Memorial will consist of 2,977 flags set up by students on Skiles Lawn, one to represent each life that was taken during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The flags will be on display Sunday through Thursday in the center of campus.
In addition to the flag memorial, on Wednesday, September 11, a moment of silence will be observed at 12:00 noon and a remembrance ceremony will be held from 12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. at the Campanile fountain, near the Student Center. Colonel David Dodd, a veteran of the U.S. Army who currently serves with Shields of Strength, will share a reflection on 9/11 and how the tragedy impacted the lives of soldiers and civilians alike.
“We will never forget the tragedy of 9/11, which shook our world and still affects every student,” said Orit Sklar, a Tech alum from New York who co-founded the GT 9/11 Project in 2003. “I am so pleased to see this project continue on campus.”
The annual flag memorial and ceremony will serve as a fitting tribute and encourage students, faculty, alumni, and community members to memorialize those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and rural Pennsylvania, as well as the military men and women giving their lives in service to our country every day.
“This Memorial Project brings together the Georgia Tech community in an annual remembrance of the lives lost twelve years ago in a tragedy that affected us all. It’s remarkable to see such a diverse community unite in this common cause. I am truly humbled to have been a part of this project,” said Georgia Tech sophomore, Rachel Witt, the coordinator for this year’s memorial.
The 9/11 Memorial Project consists of campus organizations and individuals dedicated to ensuring that Georgia Tech memorializes the anniversary of September 11, 2001 in a meaningful way. This year, the project is primarily supported by Georgia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity Programs, College Republicans, and the Young America’s Foundation. Over 200 American college and university campuses are holding events to commemorate 9/11 on this twelfth anniversary of the tragedy.