Memorial Reestablished on Campus Remembers Live Lost on 9/11
Submitted on September 12, 2020
After the attacks on September 11, 2001, Georgetown College established a memorial off Giddings Circle dedicated to all who lost their lives on that fateful day. The original location of the memorial had recently become difficult to maintain due to a maintenance issue on campus, so the college, with the leadership and aid of Phi Beta Lambda, took the opportunity to rededicate the memorial in a ceremony on campus on Friday, September 11, pausing to remember a day that produced so much loss but also produced incredible heroism from so-called “ordinary people.”
Campus Minister Bryan Langlands opened the ceremony with a word of prayer, reflecting on a day none who were alive to witness will forget. Provost and Dean of the College Dr. Rosemary Allen then offered her thoughts and memories from that day. “What I remember from that day were stories of people loving each other, not feeling hatred or seeking revenge, but loving each other,” she said. “When you walk past this memorial what I want you to remember is what it means to love each other.”
President Jones then told a story of his trip with a group of students to the Middle East and North Africa in 2008, where he and a group of Christian students had the unique opportunity to interact with Muslim students and theologians. The trip reminded all in attendance of the similarities between the two groups, rather than the differences. Quoting the book of Acts, he said, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.” Again emphasizing the need to love each other during this time, he advocated for a more inclusive and caring world.
The new memorial to the victims of 9/11 is located between Cooke Memorial and Highbaugh Hall. The full ceremony can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/GeorgetownCollege/videos/305670387197318.