Graduates who survived Sept. 11 attacks speaking on campus as part of memorial

Memorial this weekend includes candlelight vigil, patriotic songs, documentary film | September 8, 2006

This year marks the five-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the crash of United Flight 93. The University is hosting a series of events, sponsored by the student activities counsel, on Monday, Sept. 11, to remember those who died in the attack.

Louis Dissel and Kevin Gareau, both Class of 2001 graduates, were in the World Trade Center the morning of the attack. They had just completed new employee training at Morgan Stanley on the 61st floor of the center's south tower that morning, when, Dissel went outside to get some fresh air. Gareau chose to stay inside and enjoy the view. The first plane then struck the tower. Dissel and Gareau are speaking about their experiences at 6:30 p.m. in Kelly Auditorium. A question and answer session follows their presentation.

Patriotic songs are being played twice during the day from the Gallagher Student Center clock tower. The “Star Spangled Banner” plays at 8:47 a.m., the time when the first tower was hit, followed by a campus-wide moment of silence. Later, at approximately 9:00 p.m., “God Bless America” rings out to conclude a candlelight vigil lead by the office of campus ministry.

The vigil takes place on the campus green near the residential mall at 8:30 p.m., and is open to all members of the community. The lighting of individual candles symbolize how the light of peace, love and tolerance can break the darkness of terrorism and intolerance. The vigil concludes with the lighting of two large spotlights on the green to symbolize the two towers. The spotlights will shine straight up in the air from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

The evening ends with a viewing of the documentary "9/11" by French filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet. They were in lower Manhattan filming a documentary on firefighters when the tragedy occurred. The film is being shown in the Gallagher Student Theater at 9:15 p.m.