ACU president speaks at Abilene 'Day of Remembrance'

For immediate release
Sept. 18, 2001

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Abilene civic center was filled for a time of remembering the victims and rescue workers in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Royce Money, ACU president, spoke on behalf of the three Abilene Universities, urging Abilenians to encourage the college students in the area.

"What do we tell the students?" Money said. "We tell them to pray. We tell them that life is fragile and uncertain, and we don't have all the answers. We tell them that love is the greatest virtue and that sooner or later good will triumph over evil. We tell them that freedom is expensive, and that maybe this spirit of unity and compassion can extend past this crisis."

The service opened with the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem led by the Hardin-Simmons University Cowboy Band. Grady Barr, mayor of Abilene, then read a proclamation declaring Sept. 18, 2001 "A Day of Remembrance." Other speakers included Dr. Michael Moehler, superintendent of the Abilene Independent School District; a representative of the U.S. Marines, Col. Wendall Griffin and Walter Bean both from Dyess Air Force Base; and Charles Stenholm, U.S. Congressman.

Richard Burke of Abilene sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi." The St. John's Episcopal School Choir and the student choirs of all three universities also participated in the program.

Robert Tiffany served as the Master of Ceremonies.


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