It has only been 12 years since the terrorist attacks took place in New York City on the World Trade Centers. Many people lost loved ones and the country will never forget what happened to the nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001.
The attacks may have been more than 2,000 miles away, but impact was felt deep on Southern Utah University’s campus. To remember those who were lost and injured on that day, SUU’s Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service and the Community Engagement Center will host the September 11th Tribute Wednesday, September 11 at noon in the Gilbert Great Hall located in the Hunter Conference Center.
Eric Kirby, executive director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center, said of the purpose behind the event, “Thousands of innocent people died and we believe that those people deserve to be honored. Especially the firefighters and policemen who gave their own lives to save others and the military personnel who continue to fight for our freedoms.”
To remember all those lost and affected, the services will begin with remarks from SUU Interim President Rich Kendell and SUU Student Association President Jeff Hertig will follow him.
“This will be a great opportunity to remember who we are, and why we are here. I hope it will help us to all individually reflect on the sacrifices of others,” said Hertig of the need for students and community members to attend. “I hope we can remember that we are not just getting an education to better ourselves, but to better the people around us, and the country we live in.”
The tribute will also include the Pledge of Allegiance by a North Elementary fifth grader, prayers by local religious leaders, and performances by SUU Department of Music and the North Starz Choir. Senator Evan Vickers will be in attendance and give the final remarks.
The University encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to attend the September 11th Tribute to honor and remember those who lost their lives that day and who continue to sacrifice their lives.