20 years after a terrorist attack on the US that left the nation reeling, the shockwave of those events that took place on 9/11 can still be felt throughout the country. Missouri Western honored the events of 9/11 with multiple commemoration services held last week.
For the commemoration over a 100 small American flags were placed around the campus, a military appreciation night with a plane flyover at the football game, moments of silence and the clock tower ringing in accordance to when the planes crashed. The events were planned with the full effort of the university including President Kennedy and her cabinet, the Physical Plant, the Center for Service, Marketing and Communications and several others.
Working closely with the 139th Airlift Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard, Western arranged the flyover at the football game with a moment of silence to honor the victims of the terrorist attack. Darrin Brinks, a journalism student, attended last Thursday's football game in hopes of capturing a photo of the plane and was very pleased with the commemoration.
“For my first ever Missouri Western football game, the experience was absolutely amazing.” Brinks said. “It’s always nice to see all of us come together to honor our heroes.”
President Elizabeth Kennedy explained that the commemoration of 9/11 is planned to be a yearly event with possibility of the 139th returning.
“The university will mark this anniversary with some type of memorial, although the exact nature of those events may change.” Kennedy said. “We are grateful to the 139th for their willingness to do this and would work with them to secure this again next year.”
In addition to the services at the football game, students were pleased to see the flags added around campus, as well as the scheduled rings of the clock tower. Among these students is junior Matthew Kline, who felt that not letting students forget the tragic events of 20 years ago is a worthy goal for the university.
“I feel it is important to remember the past and what happened to honor those who lost their lives,” Kline said. “As well as the ongoing effects that the world has faced since.”
A group of the university’s faculty and staff pulled together last Saturday to put on a moment of silence during the first tolling of the clock tower's bell for a time of quiet remembrance. President Kennedy explained the need and importance of honoring and remembering the events of 9/11.
“History remains as part of our collective consciousness if we never forget. To honor the innocent victims and the heroes who sacrificed so much as they tried to save lives should never be forgotten.” Kennedy said. “It is our duty to remember and honor the many individuals for whom 9/11 had such a profound impact.”