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FSU Observes 10th Anniversary of 9/11 With “Eleven Days of September”
08/30/2011

Frostburg State University, led by United Campus Ministry and Catholic Campus Ministries, will hold an observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, “Eleven Days of September,” on the FSU campus from Sept. 1 to 11. The event will be highlighted by a Campus and Communitywide 9/11 Remembrance Program; “The Wall,” where individuals can post their memories, prayers, pictures and other information; and a flag display for the 9/11 casualties.

The Remembrance Program for the community, a service of ash, water and light appropriate for all faiths, will be held Sunday, Sept. 11, from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Clock Tower (or, in the case of rain, in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall at the Lane University Center). After the ritual of ashes – an observance of silence – FSU President Jonathan Gibralter and people from the community will share their personal stories about 9/11 or its aftermath. This will be followed by a ritual of water – a symbol of hope, comfort, mercy and grace. The diversity of the 9/11 casualties will be represented by a cylinder of multicolored glass pebbles that will be covered with water to represent this symbol in the various faith traditions. The service will end with a litany of resistance and ritual of light in a dark world – passing the peace in the form of passing the flame of the candle.

In the 11 days of prayer and reflection leading up to the 9/11 Remembrance Program, there will be a temporary wall located at the Ort Library that will include prayers for peace from all the major religious traditions, and memories, pictures and demographic information about the casualties of 9/11. Members of the community will be invited to add their own prayers, stories, poems, reflections, protests and pictures of people they knew. On Sept. 11, the wall will be moved to the stage area where the 9/11 Remembrance Program will be held.

In addition, there will also be a flag display for the 3,030 casualties of 9/11. U.S. flags will be installed to form a giant 9/11 on the hill near the Hitchins Administration Building, with a message that proclaims “Pray for Peace, Act for Peace” on the head flag of the display. The display will be constructed progressively – “9” on Wednesday, Sept. 7, “1” on Thursday, Sept. 8, and “1” on Friday, Sept. 9. The head flag will be placed on Sunday, Sept. 11.

For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Cindy Zirlott at 301-687-7490 or c.zirlott@frostburg.edu.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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