August 27, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s AmeriCorps Community Fellows will host a special remembrance program Sept. 10 honoring all victims of the 9/11terrorist attacks. In addition, AmeriCorp members and the SRU Student Government Association will join the National Parks Service 9/11National Day of Service and Remembrance initiative in Shanksville.
First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will speak at the Shanksville ceremony.
The Shanksville event will pay particular homage to passengers of the United Airlines Flight 93 killed in the 2001 plane crash in Somerset County. Flight 93 was a domestic passenger flight from Newark International to San Francisco International. After being hijacked, the plane few in airspace near the Slippery Rock University campus before crashing.
As passengers on the plane learned that other hijacked planes had crashed into New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., they mounted an attempt to thwart their plane’s hijackers. The result of their efforts was the Shanksville crash, which killed all onboard. Many believe Flight 93’s hijackers had intended to crash the plane into the White House.
The Sept. 10 campus remembrance will include reading the names of all 2,976 victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The program will open at 9:30 a.m. in Old Main. A bagpiper and Army honor guard will lead a march to the SGA Gazebo on the Quad outside Bailey Library. Beginning at 10 a.m., SRU students, community members, government and business leaders will read the names of those who lost their lives in the tragedy.
The program is expected to end by 2 p.m.
For more information contact Laurel A. Dagnon, program director for the AmeriCorp Community Fellows, at 724.738.2030
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