(Text from streaming video release on 9/11 Memorial at RU)
(bells tolling. Intro collage with names being read)
The Radford University fountain is surrounded by tokens of remembrance and sorrow for those lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11th. All the names and hometowns of the more than 3000 victims were read continuously throughout the day on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.
This is a time of remembrance and just reflecting back and thinking about the future. What can we do to prevent this. For talking about why it happened and how we can make changes.
This is significant because Im from New York. Its a way to honor those killed in the Pentagon, Pennsylvania and New York and also those in the military.
At noon local emergency, fire and police departments were honored for their service and support of Radford University and their efforts to keep campus safe. It was also a time to talk about those that were lost. Sara Morrisroes first cousin died in the world trade center attack.
After experiencing this tragedy and seeing what it has done to my family, I dont take people for granted for a reason.
Listening to the stories, honoring those lost and those living in service to our communities and countries is helping students cope with memories of what happened a year ago.
Its helping me emotionally. Being with friends and family today, it makes you realize whats really important thats it.
(Radford Singers singing Star Spangled Banner with ending collage)
September 12, 2002
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