Sept. 6, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – In honor of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Slippery Rock University’s Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps members will join with the National Park Service to assist in the Sept. 10 Dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. Pa.
A bus will leave the University Union at 5:30 a.m., Sept. 10 bound for Shanksville.
The memorial service will honor the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks and in particular those on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed outside Shanksville.
Flight 93 was a United States domestic passenger flight from Newark International to San Francisco International. Some 40 minutes into the flight, hijackers breached the cockpit, diverting the plane toward Washington, D.C. The flight passed very near the SRU campus. Several passengers and members of the crew learned about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon during telephone calls they made during the flight. Upon learning the information, the passengers decided to mount an assault against the hijackers in an attempt to re-gain control of the aircraft. Their efforts were unsuccessful and the plane crashed in a field in Somerset County killing all on board. The feature film “Flight 93” recreated the event.
In addition to the Sept. 10 event in Shanksville, Slippery Rock University will conduct a remembrance service beginning at 8:15 a.m., Sept. 9, outside Old Main. An Army ROTC Honor Guard and a bagpiper will lead a walk to the Quad where a remembrance ceremony will include reading the names of the 2,976 victims of the World Trade Center, Flight 11, Flight 175, the Pentagon, Flight 77 and Flight 93.
The “Star-Spangled Banner” will be sung by Cara Udy, a Slippery Rock University music education major from Grove City, and the SRU Chosen Generation Gospel Choir will sing “God Bless America” and “American the Beautiful.” The reading of names will begin at 8:46 a.m., the time American Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Interruptions in the reading for the playing of taps will take place at 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:37 a.m., 10:03 a.m. and 10:28 a.m. – the times the various planes crashed.
SRU’s “Week of Remembrance,” included an American Red Cross Blood Drive and a series of workshops covering such topics as “Psychological First Aid,” “The Reality of 9/11,” “Being Muslim in America: The 9/11 Backlash” and “From Melting Pot to Mosaic.”
SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is sponsoring the week’s events.
For additional information call Laurel Dagnon, director of programming for CSIL, at 724.738.2030.
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