“September 11 impressed upon us that life is a precious gift…And I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither America nor the world every forgets September 11,” said Senator Bill Frist.
On September 11th, 2001, 18 years ago, 2,977 people went to bed that previous night with the intention of going to work the next morning or getting on a plane for their flight.
2,997 never made it home from work or from their flight that day.
9/11 was a tragic event in United States history that shook the nation and still brings immense sadness to our country today.
Out of these 2,997 people who lost their lives, 415 of them were emergency personal including police officers and firemen.
ISU has put on a ceremony since 2006 to honor all of these lost lives. Former ISU student Dustin Bryant is now a staff member within the Career Center, and started the idea of planting small American flags into the ground in order to honor the lives taken in the 9/11 attack.
“Each flag planted represents each victim,” said Mark Alesia, the Director of Communication at Indiana State University.
These 2,977 flags are planted between the Welcome Center and the Career Center.
This event also honors and thanks the local police department, firefighters and other first responders here in Vigo County.
A bell is rung at six different times throughout the morning to represent the tragedies that took place on 9/11. At 8:46 a.m., the bell is rung to represent when American Airlines Flight 11 strikes the World Trade Center North Tower. At 9:03 a.m., the bell is rung when United Airlines Flight 175 strikes the World Trade Center South Tower. At 9:37 a.m., the bell is rung when the United Airlines Flight 77 strikes the Pentagon. At 9:59 a.m., the bell is rung to represent when the World Trade Center South Tower collapses. At 10:03 a.m., the bell is rung when United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Lastly, at 10:28 a.m., the bell is rung to represent when the World Trade Center North Tower collapses.
Chiefs and commanders of the Vigo County Police and Fire Department were asked to ring these bells as an honor to them for their brave service every day.
“We honor our fallen heroes all of the time. This is something that we do that we all take pride in, honoring all of the officers, police and fire. Also honoring local departments for what they do for us,” said Community Development Sergeant, Jacquelyn Smith.
This honoring event was put on by the Division of University Engagement, the Career Center, the Welcome Center and the Department of Communications and Public Safety.
This is a day of remembrance of the fallen lives that were tragically taken away on September 11, 2001 and Indiana State University is also using this event of remembrance to honor our own local safety departments for all that they do each and every day.