PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University will join the City of Pullman and others to observe the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, with the commemoration “A Time to Gather Together.”
The activities planned for the week of Sept. 11 are designed to help the Pullman community and WSU observe the one-year anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, as well as the other victims of what is considered one of the most tragic events in United States history.
The commemoration will begin Sept. 11 with a flag ceremony at the WSU Veteran’s Memorial on Veteran’s Way (east of Thompson Hall) at 6:30 a.m.
Early-risers also can partake in a pancake breakfast in the CUB Ballroom from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Compton Union Building. Tickets are $3 per person and may be purchased at the CUB Info Desk or at the Visitor Center in the Cougar Depot at N. 225 Grand Ave. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 5. For more information, contact Campus Involvement at (509) 335-9667.
Bells on campus and throughout Pullman will ring at 7:29 a.m. to commemorate the collapse of the second World Trade Center Tower.
Glenn Terrell Friendship Mall will be the site of additional activities from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Here visitors may view a pre-school – 12th grade display that features essays and art work of young people in the Pullman School District and in community pre-school programs.
The display is designed to reflect, remember and honor the people who risked their lives to save others, along with those who continue to work to end violence. It may also be viewed at Reaney Park during the remembrance gathering at 5:30 p.m.
Art and essay contributions will be accepted until 5 p.m., Sept. 9. For more information about the display, contact the WSU Multicultural Student Services at (509) 335-7852.
At noon there will be a moment of silence led by student leaders, information tables on the mall about various groups and organizations that help promote diversity and inclusion, and music provided by local talent.
Community and WSU processions to Reaney Park begin at 5 p.m. There will be two processions to the park (located off of Spring Street).
The Border Highlanders and the American Legion Post 52 will lead one procession from Cougar Plaza, at the corner of Olsen Way and Grand Avenue, and President V. Lane Rawlins and ASWSU President Scott Dickinson will lead another procession from Glenn Terrell Mall, in the center of campus.
The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Reaney Park Gazebo.
An interfaith potluck and discussion on “How Sept. 11 Has Changed the Way We View Our Faith,” will be Sept. 13 in the Gladish View Room at the Gladish Community Center at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Gail Stearns at (509) 332-2611 for more information.
The events will conclude Sept. 19 with a panel discussion entitled “A Year After 9-11 – Our Nation and Society Now.” It will be take place at Todd Hall, Room 276, from 3-5 p.m. John E. Kicza, associate dean for research at the College of Liberal Arts, will moderate the event.
For more information on the activities, visit the WSU Events Web site at www.wsu.edu/Events.html or phone (509) 335-1990.
Event organizers and sponsors include City of Pullman, Pullman Human Rights Commission, Pullman Fire and Police Departments, Pullman Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post 52, The Border Highlanders, Pullman School District, Battery “P”—5th Battalion of the 14th Marine Regiment, The Common Ministry at the Koinonia House, Interfaith Dialog Group (Muslim, Jewish and Christian); Washington State University offices: Fire and Police Departments, ASWSU Veterans Affairs Committee, Asia Programs, ASWSU, Dining Services, College of Liberal Arts, ROTC Programs, Compton Union Building, Veterans Outreach, Campus Involvement, the Foley Institute, Student Affairs, International Programs, School of Music and Theatre Arts, Community Relations & University Events, Veterans Affairs, the Honors College, and Multicultural Student Services.