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Penn State To Host Memorials, Events To Recognize 9/11 Anniversary

Penn State announced plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Events and memorials will take place across campus to honor all who lost their lives that fateful day.

“Each year, as the Penn State community and nation mourns this tragedy, we are reminded of our strength and resilience as a nation and as a society,” Penn State President Eric Barron said in a release. “We must continue to collectively stand together and do our utmost to provide mutual support and comfort during this time. We deeply miss our loved ones and should continue to act with honor and dignity for their legacies.”

An American flag will be displayed in front of Old Main from September 6 through September 13. The chimes of the Old Main bell tower will ring four times on September 11:

  • 8:46 a.m. for American Airlines Flight 11 that was crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York
  • 9:03 a.m. for United Airlines Flight 175 that was crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York
  • 9:37 a.m. for American Airlines Flight 77 that was crashed into the western façade of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
  • 10:03 a.m. for United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs will host “A Reflection on 9/11 and its Impact on Law and International Affairs” at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 10 via Zoom. The discussion will explore the effects of 9/11’s aftermath from the perspectives of national security, surveillance, veterans’ affairs, and immigration. Anyone interested in attending can sign up here.

The Penn State Bellisario College of Communications will host a roundtable discussion on “How 9/11 Changed American Journalism” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 27 in the Freeman Auditorium in the HUB. The event is free and there’s no formal registration.

The event will feature Scott Dodd of The New York Times, Jerry Schwartz of the Associated Press, and Mary Beth Long, former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs and professor of practice for the 2021-22 academic year in the Penn State School of International Affairs.

Penn State football will remember the September 11 attacks during this Saturday’s home opener against Ball State on September 11. The Blue Band will also commemorate them during its halftime show. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

The Military Law Caucus  will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, September 10 on the Lewis Katz Building lawn. The event will feature flags being placed in remembrance of the lives lost and a moment of silence.

“We Are…The Stories We Tell” will be an in-person and remote course offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 8 in the Outreach Building. It’ll be hosted by Susan Russell, an associate professor in the School of Theatre.

More details on Penn State’s upcoming events can be found here.

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