Missouri University of Science and Technology students will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a series of special events on campus Sunday, Sept. 11. The public is welcome to attend the events.
The commemoration begins at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of the 2006 movie World Trade Center in the St. Pat’s Ballroom of the Havener Center on campus. Following the movie, event organizers will distribute balloons and candles for a candlelight vigil on the Havener Center lawn.
Participants will proceed to the lawn outside of the Havener Center at approximately 8:45 p.m.
At 9 p.m., members of Missouri S&T’s Air Force and Army ROTC detachments will present the colors, and the Missouri S&T Choir will lead participants in singing of the National Anthem.
At 9:11 p.m., participants will observe a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Members of the Rolla Police Department and Rolla Fire and Rescue will also participate in the ceremony.
In preparation for the event, students have been constructing 1,000 origami cranes in preparation for the event. Other campuses across the nation are also involved in this effort, which is based on the Japanese tradition of senbazuru. That tradition holds that anyone who creates 1,000 origami cranes will receive a wish.
“Our wish is to never forget,” says event organizer Alexa Rooney, a senior in architectural and civil engineering from Albuquerque, N.M., and a member of Missouri S&T Student Council and Joe’s PEERS, an organization that promotes student wellness. “The cranes will be hanging in the Havener Center atrium during the event. We will also have a sign that says our wish – ‘Never Forget’ – with places for people to sign their name with a message.”
The events are co-sponsored by Missouri S&T Student Council, the Student Union Board, the Residence Hall Association, Greek Life, Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, and the offices of student life and leadership and cultural programs.