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ACU to remember Sept. 11 with memorial service, reflection

For immediate release
Sept. 10, 2002

Abilene Christian University students, faculty and staff, along with other members of the Abilene community, will gather in Moody Coliseum Wednesday morning to remember the tragic events of terrorism that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. Other memorial activities are also scheduled throughout the day at ACU.

ACU graduates Brandon and Beth Baker of New York City will be keynote speakers at the memorial service. Brandon was working in the New York Stock Exchange Building on Sept. 11, and Beth works as a social worker with the World Trade Center Relief Fund at the Manhattan Church of Christ. Brandon is also a 1994 graduate of Abilene High.

Dr. Royce Money, ACU president, will also speak, and songs and scripture will begin the program. Flags representing the countries of those who died on Sept. 11 will be displayed in Moody during the ceremony, and Scott Simpson, assistant professor of English, will sing a song he wrote in commemoration of the Sept. 11 tragedies.

After the memorial service and throughout the day, the Living Room of the McGlothlin Campus Center will be open for prayer and reflection (the names of all those who died in the attacks will be displayed on the wall). At noon, the Bakers will answer questions at a "brown bag" lunch in the Hilton Room of the McGlothlin Campus Center.

On-campus counselors will be available throughout the day to help those struggling with grief.

In addition, the ACU bell tower will toll at the following times during the day:

o 8:45 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 11 hit the World Trade Center north tower

o 9:03 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 175 hit the World Trade Center south tower

o 9:43 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon

o 10:05 a.m. - World Trade Center south tower collapsed

o 10:10 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County, Penn.

o 10:28 a.m. - World Trade Center north tower collapsed


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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