Park University will honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in a 10-year commemorative ceremony on Friday, Sept. 9, on the University's Parkville Campus.
The event, which will be outside the main entrance to the University's Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground, will begin at 8 a.m. with the playing of the "The Star-Spangled Banner," followed by Park students, faculty and staff taking shifts throughout the day reading names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks.
"Reading the names of the deceased represents one of the most solemn and respectful ways of commemorating their lives and actions," said Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history and chair of Park's Department of Culture and Society.
Flags of the U.S. and 56 other nations, representing the countries with citizens lost in the attacks, will be on display throughout the ceremony.
"Park University's commemoration of the Sept. 11 tragedy will incorporate an international aspect," Westcott said. "The flag display represents the global nature of the tragedy."
The ceremony will conclude after 1 p.m. with a procession to Park's flagpole near the University's main (south) entrance located on Highway 9, where the Pony Express Battalion will present the colors and lower the flag to half-staff, along with "Taps" being played.
While Park University did not lose any students, faculty or staff in the Sept. 11 attacks, retired Sgt. Maj. Leon J. Yarbough, a 2004 Park graduate, was awarded the Soldier's Medal, the highest honor for heroism that can be received during peacetime. Yarbough, who was a Park online student stationed at the Pentagon at the time of the attacks, played a significant role in the evacuation of the building and saving lives of those in it.