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Silent Walk brings students together

By Skyler Jones News Podcast Editor

September 26, 2013

Photo by Skyler Jones
Students take a moment of silence to remember the lives lost in the attack on 9/11.

The National Council Of Negro Women and the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma Inc., organized a Silent Walk on Sept. 11 in remembrance of 9/11 victims.

The event began at 8:30 p.m. in front of the University Center. Gathering around the table set up in front of the UC, students received balloons. The balloons represented the colors of the U.S. flag.

Students, NCNW members holding candles and the Sigmas walked across campus in silence. The walk ended at the Amphitheatre in front of the water feature. There candles were already set up on the ground in the shape of 9/11, a podium and table with red, white and blue tall candles on top of it.

Michael Clawson, the Military and Veteran Services Coordinator, at the university spoke to students about 9/11. He began with his own personal experience with a story about his son, mentioning that he must have been about the same age as some of the UNCP students at the time. At his son’s young age, he couldn’t understand what was happening. Clawson tried to explain then the best way he could about the attack.

“I have a difficult time deciding what to say to college students about 9/11,” Clawson said. “I can’t talk about what it meant to you or how you must have felt.”

Clawson goes on to talk about the hows and whys of the attack are not important, but that U.S. citizens continue on.

“This night,” said Joy Galloway, a junior chemistry and criminal justice major, “is about remembrance.”   

Jamar Smith, a member of Phi Beta Sigma, came to the podium. He asked for a moment of silence to remember those lives that have been lost. Then he asked if anyone would like to say anything about 9/11.

Two students spoke about the day. One story was about the loss of an uncle; the other was about being a father being spared.

Once the two students were done sharing their stories, the three candles were lit. The red candle stands for respect, white is honor and blue is remembrance. All three lit in honor, respect and remembrance of the people who lost their lives that day.

“Good opportunity to pay respects and honor those who died,” Smith said. “Should never forget how tragedy brought America as a nation closer.”

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