Twenty years ago, tragedy struck in New York, as a hijacked plane crashed into the World Trade Center. The tragic date of September 11, 2001, commonly known as 9/11, will forever be in people’s hearts. However, with most of Indiana State University’s current students being born between 1999-2003, not many students are left that remember these events. Is it harder for this new generation to interpret the words “Never Forget” when they had nothing to remember? Sigma Alpha Lambda wanted to ensure that students and faculty never forget the thousands of lives that America lost that day. Sigma Alpha Lambda does this event annually, but this year it leaves a different impact two decades later.
Stephen Anderson, freshman at Indiana State, was interviewed about this memorial and the events of 9/11. Anderson was not born yet in the events that took place, however he claims that does not hold back his empathy. “I visited the 9/11 Memorial & Museum two years ago,” explains Anderson. “It was surreal. It made me truly realize how tragic the events were to the people who lived through it. Visiting this Memorial and seeing it with my own eyes did more than any news article or television special could.” Anderson reflects on Sigma Alpha Lambda’s flag memorial on campus. “It was a nice way to remember those who lost their lives. It is important to remember all of those lives that were lost. They were people, they had families and friends and it is important to keep them in our thoughts. It is important to remember, even if you did not experience it first-hand. It is important to be educated on modern history, this tragedy affects us whether we were born for it or not.”
The flag memorial representing the victims will be on display through September 13. For more information on how to get involved with Sigma Alpha Lambda, please contact email@example.com.