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University community remembers thousands lost on Sept. 11, 2001

Members of the ROTC color guard prepare for the memorial service held beside the university’s water feature.ROTC members stand at attention during the memorial service.Chancellor Allen C. Meadors uplifts the crowd with words of encouragement during UNCP’s commemoration of the Sept. 11 tragedy.  Choral Director Dr. Gary K. Wright, center front, leads attendees in the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” the national anthem.Jeffrey Morgan honors the victims of Sept. 11 by playing “Taps” to close the memorial ceremony.

By Michael Graham
Staff Writer

Some 50 students and faculty alike gathered around the water feature to remember the 5th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

“It is a day now etched in history,” said Charles F. Harrington, UNCP provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.      

The memorial was highlighted by keynote speaker Dr. Emi Mizunuma, director of the English Language Institute at UNCP.                             

Mizunuma was living in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.

She said she looked to the New York sky and “understood that something awful was happening to my city.”            

SGA President Marvin “Tubby” Jacobs served as the master of ceremonies.                       

Jacobs later commented on the importance of having  a ceremony on campus.            

“We are all still Americans,” he said, “no matter of race or religion.”                       

He also said he hoped students used the memorial to remember that everyone is an individual, a characteristic celebrated in America.      

Beautiful weather complemented the ceremony with temperatures reaching 80 degrees, accompanied by a slight breeze.                                
During the middle of the ceremony a lone plane flew over the UNCP campus, adding a poetic note to the already powerful ceremony.

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