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Marking eleven years

September 11, 2012

As I left my residence hall this morning, I saw the American flag across the street waving at half staff. In the dining hall, there is always a TV tuned to CNN, I guess for those people like me who like to keep up with the news of the day over a bowl of Lucky Charms. As I was leaving, I saw that those on Wall Street at the stock exchange were taking a moment of silence. I paused before putting my dishes away.

If a single day can define a generation, 9/11 did just that. People my age have memories from that day, but we are probably some of the last. I mean, I know my memories of September 11, 2001 aren’t very vivid. I just remember the voice on the loudspeaker at Nuckols Farm saying afternoon activities were canceled, and I remember coming home to seeing my dad, who was supposed to be at work, sitting in the blue chair in our family room watching the news. That’s it. I remember watching the Today Show the next day and have since watched news clips and documentaries about the event.

Last year, I attended a memorial at the Dole Institute of Politics on campus commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11. This building is home to two steal beams from the Twin Towers. Later today, I plan to go to the Dole Institute to take a moment to look at those pillars standing against a stain glass American flag. It is something I can do – something I feel is important. The Dole Institute is open to the public so anyone who wants to can come pay their respects in this way. I recommend seeing it at some point; it’s not overly impressive or anything, but it’s a piece of history right here at KU.

Today, we honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This is a day I will always remember.

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