The College will hold a ceremony Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and honor the nearly 3,000 people killed that day, including members of the Union family.
The campus community is invited to gather at the flagpole behind the Nott Memorial and Rugby Field beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The brief ceremony will feature ROTC students and remarks from faith leaders and advisers representing different faiths. A moment of silence is planned to mark the times when planes crashed into the World Trade Center.
In addition, the chimes in Memorial Chapel will ring across campus in remembrance of each of the day’s events:
- 8:46 a.m. for American Airlines Flight 11 that was crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York.
- 9:03 a.m. for United Airlines Flight 175 that was crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York.
- 9:37 a.m. for American Airlines Flight 77 that was crashed into the western façade of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
- 10:03 a.m. for United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa.
At night, the Nott Memorial will be bathed in red, white and blue lights.
The College has paused in the past to remember 9/11.
A year after the attacks, thousands of flags were placed around campus to honor the victims, including those who had a connection to Union.
On the fifth anniversary, the campus community gathered around a small oak tree planted at that first anniversary behind the Viniar Athletic Center. A plaque reminds visitors of its significance.
The College marked the 10th anniversary with a day of remembrance, “Building Bridges toward Better Understanding.” The campus community was invited to the Nott Memorial to share thoughts about that day.
Losses to the Union family included graduates Thomas Duffy '71; Andrew Fredericks '83; Donald Kauth '74; and Alexander Steinman '91. Others with a connection to Union included Peter Freund '77; Christopher Quackenbush, husband of Traci S. Quackenbush '80; Timothy Haviland, brother of David Haviland '83; Andrew Fisher, brother of Maria Fisher ‘87; Peter Alderman, brother of Jane Alderman '95; Arlene Fried, mother of Allison Fried '02; James Patrick, brother of Kevin Patrick, former assistant hockey coach; and Jeremy Glick, brother of Jennifer Glick '87 and uncle of Daniel Hurwitt '15.