We Remember: Durham and UNH Commemorate September 11
By Lori Gula
August 21, 2002
DURHAM, N.H. -- The town of Durham and the University of New Hampshire will remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and those who perished in the terrorist attack, with a solemn morning ceremony and a day of events to allow individuals to express their sentiments in the most comfortable manner and reflect on what has happened in the country since the tragedy.
"Sept. 11, 2001, changed each of our lives, our country and the world. It is important that we reflect on the events of that day and what it has meant to us individually and collectively over the past year," UNH President Ann Weaver Hart said.
The day begins with a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on the Thompson Hall lawn that will include remembrances of those who were lost in the tragedy, spiritual words from campus chaplains, patriotic songs, the Thompson Hall bells, and a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. -- the time when the first tower of the World Trade Center was struck.
At 10 a.m., the Durham Fire Department will hold an Emergency Responder
Ceremony on the Thompson Hall lawn in memory of the firefighters, police
officers and emergency workers who perished when the towers fell. The
ceremony will include the tradition of the Tolling of the Bells -- five
tones chimed three times signifying the death of a firefighter in the
line of duty.
From noon to 1 p.m., weaver Sarah Haskell will discuss her art exhibit, In Each One: The Button Project/A September 11th Memorial, at The Art Gallery. Haskell has represented the towers of the World Trade Center on a 10-foot piece of hand-dyed and woven black linen. Two columns of thousands of white buttons sent to her from people nationwide in memory of the victims of the attack create the towers.
From 2 to 6 p.m., faculty will present a Teach In that will discuss specific topics and issues related to the terrorist attack, such as the structural aspects of why the towers fell, foreign policy and American diplomacy, civil liberties since Sept. 11, 2001, and the economic roots of terrorism. Anyone is invited to drop in on the Teach In during the four hours. It will be held in the Strafford Room of the Memorial Union Building (MUB) and will conclude with a student-led discussion.
Throughout the day, a Memorial Fence will provide the UNH and Durham communities a place for reflection, and a photo display in the MUB will capture the images of the tragedy. In addition, national ceremonies will be broadcast live in the MUB's Granite State Room and Information Center.
"Remembering the events of Sept. 11 gives us an opportunity not only to grieve and memorialize but also to ask ourselves important questions about where we go from here as members of a global community. The planning group hopes that the variety of events gives people this opportunity," says Michele Holt-Shannon, assistant director of student life and co-chair of the September 11 Planning Group. Larry Brickner-Wood, chair of UNH Chaplain's Association, also chaired the group.