The Colorado State University community will gather at noon on Sept. 11 at the Lory Student Center Plaza to observe the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
During the ceremony, participants will be invited to remember the victims of September 11th, to recognize those who have contributed to the nation’s ongoing recovery and to commit to a future of understanding. The commemoration will open with a performance by the Colorado State’s Wind Ensemble and a moment of remembrance led by Rev. Connie Winter-Eulberg, vice president of the University Religious Directors Association.
Colorado State President Albert C. Yates will recognize a student, a faculty member, an alumna and a Fort Collins community member as representatives of all those who have assisted in the ongoing recovery effort. Among those being recognized is Del Sandfort, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health. Sandfort led a team of seven environmental health experts from the university who traveled to Ground Zero in New York City to monitor air quality and safety during a period of the cleanup.
The ceremony will continue with remarks from Dave Bower, president of the Associated Students of Colorado State University, who will reflect on our commitments to the future.
Following the program on the Lory Student Center Plaza, a peace pole will be dedicated in the university sculpture garden located on the west side of the Lory Student Center. The peace pole is a 7-foot-tall, four-sided cedar pole with the words "may peace prevail on earth" in eight languages: English, Spanish, sign language symbols, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Hindi and Lakota-Sioux. The languages were selected to represent as many Colorado State students’ native languages as possible. A sharing of multiple-faith prayers for peace will conclude the event.
Earlier that day, Colorado State also will sponsor a community choir performance of Mozart’s Requiem. The local performance at the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., is part of a worldwide effort to honor those who died in the attacks. The Rolling Requiem will be performed around the globe at 8:46 a.m., the time of the first attack on the World Trade Center. Doors to the Lincoln Center open at 8:25 a.m.
Both events are free and open to the public.