The University of Virginia took time to reflect on 9/11 Wednesday.
UVA's chapel bells rang just after 9 a.m. It was the first in a series of events throughout the day.
Volunteers also placed 2,977 flags along the south end of the lawn, one for each person who died in the attacks. Several UVA graduates were among those victims.
"It's really important, even if you don't remember where you were, even if you don't have someone who was personally affected, you probably know someone who knows someone and, of course, it was such a terrible tragedy - but remembering is something we can all sort of share in so I think that's powerful," said Wendy Morrison, a UVA student.
Wednesday night, the Young Americans for Freedom and the Burke Society held a memorial event at Minor Hall. A candle-lit procession was followed by a ceremony, prayer and the playing of "Taps."
University of Virginia News Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Sept. 10, 2013 — The University of Virginia will ring the Chapel bells at 11 minutes past 9 a.m. on Wednesday in commemoration of the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It's one of several events organized around the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
At about 9 a.m., members of the Young Americans for Freedom and the Burke Society will begin placing 2,977 flags on the south end of the Lawn, around the Homer statue, to commemorate victims who died in the attacks, said second-year student Anthony Hadford, founder and chair of the U.Va. chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom.
At 8 p.m., the two groups will hold a memorial event in room 125 of Minor Hall, with an ROTC color guard and a speaker from the National Ground Intelligence Center. Following the event, there will be a candle-lit procession to the south end of the Lawn, where there will be a brief ceremony with the color guard, a prayer for the fallen and the playing of "Taps."
"This is a completely apolitical event," Hadford said. "I feel that a lot of people have forgotten how close to home this came."
The attack, in which two hijacked commercial jetliners were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, another flown into the Pentagon in Northern Virginia and a fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, had a major impact on the University. Students, faculty and staff have many connections with Northern Virginia and New York City.
"I think a lot of college students forget the whole scope of the event and how close to home it hit," Hadford said. "There were two U.Va. graduates, Glenn Davis Kirwin, class of 1982, and Patrick Sean Murphy, class of 1987, who were killed in the attacks."
Kirwin, a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, and Murphy, a vice president at Marsh & McLennan, died at the World Trade Center.
Also on Wednesday, the Fourth-Year Trustees have a planned a reception in the McIntire Amphitheater from 5 to 6 p.m., with a fire truck and a flag display.
Midshipmen from the Navy ROTC marked the anniversary Sunday with a 5-kilometer run.
Editor's note: We were made aware of another UVA graduate, not mentioned in the press release above, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. Douglas Ketcham, 29, was a graduate of the University of Virginia. He worked as a bond trader in the World Trade Center. Related link: Representative Eric Cantor's tribute to Ketcham.
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