K-State Plans Sept. 11 Commemoration

By April Blackmon

KSU News Service

Kansas State University will mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a day of "Remembrance, Hope and Commitment."

"It’s incredibly important that we come together once again as a K-State family to remember and to celebrate what a great country we live in," said Pat Bosco, K-State’s associate vice president for institutional advancement and dean of student life.

At 7:46 a.m., K-State will pause with the rest of America — one year to the minute after the World Trade Center’s north tower was hit — to observe a National Moment of Silence.

A commemoration ceremony will begin at noon in the Union Plaza.

In remembrance of the attacks, Rev. Don Fallon, coordinator of religious activities at K-State, will lead audiences in a moment of silence to reflect on personal thoughts and memories.

K-State President Jon Wefald, student body president Zac Cook and a representative from the city of Manhattan will deliver speeches at the ceremony, and the K-State Choir will perform.

Students representing various campus organizations will place ribbons of remembrance, hope and commitment on the trees in the Union Plaza. The trees, planted last year in honor of the Sept. 11 victims, will be dedicated during the ceremony as part of K-State’s commitment to peace.

Several events will continue throughout the day.

The Union Program Council will show a movie about Sept. 11 in the K-State Student Union and offer a remembrance board for participants to write comments on their thoughts and memories.

Faculty members are encouraged to discuss the events of Sept. 11 in their classes.

K-State’s All Faith’s Chapel and Danforth Chapel will be open all day, and University Counseling Services will be available for support.