Baylor Prepares Moment of Prayer, Remembrance for 20th Anniversary of 9/11
As the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 approaches, Baylor University prepares to remember the countless lives lost in the tragedy, to honor and thank the community's first responders and to offer a prayer for continued healing and hope for our nation.
Leading up to Saturday's anniversary, there will be several moments offered for the Baylor community to reflect on the memory and legacy of this event and to gather as a hopeful and united community.
Friday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m., the Baylor Family is invited to gather with University and community leaders for a time of reflection and prayer on the Waco Hall side of Pat Neff Hall. Those gathered will observe the presentation of the colors by Baylor's Air Force ROTC cadets, followed by a lowering of the flag to half-mast. Following brief remarks, Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., will honor the brave men and women first responders who serve the Baylor campus and the Waco community with a proclamation, and remember those who responded to the tragic events of Sept. 11. A prayer for the continued healing and hope for our nation will be offered to conclude the event.
Immediately following, Lynnette Geary, the University's Carillonneur, will perform a concert of contemplative music on the McLane Carillon.
The event and carillon concert will be live streamed on the University's Facebook page.
Throughout the day, testimonials from faculty, staff and others within the Baylor Family recounting their experiences on Sept. 11, 2001 will be shared via the University's social media channels.
During the week, Sept. 6-11, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Stair-Climber Challenge in the McLane Student Life Center to commemorate the 110 floors scaled by those who officed in the World Trade Center towers and the first responders who arrived to help them to safety.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, during Baylor's football home opener against Texas Southern at McLane Stadium, attendees will be a part of additional recognition events, including the presentation of a field-sized American flag by the Baylor VETS program; a moment of silence to remember those lost; a tribute video; and more.
The tower of Baylor's Pat Neff Hall will be lighted red, white and blue in remembrance of 9/11 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.