In the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, Eastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff honored the fallen with a ceremony on the South Quad.
Now, just as then, they invite community residents to join them in gathering at the same location in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the tragedy and in honor of the many who lost their lives.
Co-sponsored by the EIU Counseling Center and the Office of Orientation, the event, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., will echo that first ceremony in more ways than one. The university's international student population will once again carry flags representing those countries affected by the 9/11 attacks. Charleston firefighters and police officers will once again be honored guests.
Following the processional, the U.S. flag will be lowered to half-mast, followed by a moment of silence. EIU President Lou Hencken will then say a few words.
Organizers say the ceremony will take place rain or shine.
The public is also invited to "9/11 Remembered: Experiences, Thoughts and Perspectives," a panel discussion featuring university students, faculty and staff. Moderated by Robert Augustine, dean of Eastern's Graduate School , this event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Monday in 7th Street Underground, located in the basement of the MLK Jr. Union (east wing).
Audience questions/comments will be addressed at the end of the panel discussion.
In addition, a Red Cross Blood Drive is planned to take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday in the basement of Lawson Hall, located directly north of the Newman Catholic Center, 500 Roosevelt Ave. All donors will receive a 9/11 Commemorative Remembrance pin.