Wabash Community Pauses to Remember 9-11• September 11, 2012
- The Wabash Conservative Union hosted an 11:30 a.m. ceremony briefly honoring those who died 9-11-01
- The students put 2,977 small flags on the mall representing those who died 9-11
- The students also painted the Senior Bench black in remembrance.
- A poignant and solitary rose was left on the Senior Bench.
- Josh Stowers '14 was a 19-year-old soldier stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., on 9-11. Just over a year later he was deployed to Iraq.
- A small crowd gathered for the memorial service.
- Jeremy Wentzel '14, of the Conservative Union, and Rev. John Van Nuys '83 spoke during the brief remarks.
The Wabash community came together briefly Tuesday morning to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The Wabash Conservative Union organized activities that included placing 2,977 American flags on the mall.
Each flag represented a person who died in the terrorist attacks. The Conservative Union's Jeremy Wentzel spoke briefly to open a short ceremony. Rev. John Van Nuys '83 offered a short prayer.
The small crowd appreciated the efforts of the aligned flags that spelled out "9-11." The shape of the upper loop of the nine was in the shape of the Pentagon.
The ceremony brought back a flood of memories for Josh Stowers '14. Stowers is a commuter form Michigantown, In. each day. He was a 19-year-old soldier on Sept. 11, 2001, stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., when the terrorist attack occured. Stowers and his troop were deployed during the attach on Iraq in early 2003.
The junior Pyschology major talked about that day on the base and his deployment. He said each year he thinks of the sacrifice of his fellow soldiers but also the sacrifice of grandfathers who gave their lives during Pearl Harbor. He also wanted to remind the Wabash Community that the country is still at war and soldiers are still serving in Afghanistan. "Never forget, never, never forget," he said.
See story on the memorial from the Crawfordsville Journal Review here.