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Campus remembers 9/11 victims on anniversary

Rikida Starace

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The day will include a dedication of the American flag, the Wisconsin state flag and Marquette’s flag sponsored and funded by MUSG.

After the university decided that the flags needed a more prominent and central location on campus, MUSG found a permanent display sight outside the Raynor Library, MUSG president Kate Agnew said. The three flags will serve as the centerpiece of a new walkway that faces West Wisconsin Ave.

“It’s important that we’re remembering this important day in our history,” Agnew said. “The flag display is a very important thing for the university because it was very student driven and student funded.”

The flag display also symbolizes the sacrifices that were made to ensure the freedoms that students have today, said Agnew, who will officially dedicate the flags. David Lindesmith, former MUSG legislative vice president who is now studying at the Les Aspin Center in Washington D.C., will speak about MUSG’s role in acquiring the flags and their meaning for students.

“I’m honored to be able to speak at this event,” Lindesmith said. “This is helpful to create an atmosphere of understanding and unity among students.”

University President the Rev. Robert A. Wild, will lead a prayer for peace and speak of the importance of the flags on campus. The program will also include members of Marquette’s Reserve Officer Training Corps, who will raise the flags. A student quartet will be on hand to sing the national anthem.

MUSG will place a plaque in front of the flags within the next month. The plaque will read, “This flag display is a tribute to the men and women who serve our country and uphold its ideals. The students of Marquette University are grateful for the sacrifices these individuals made, which enable the freedoms we all enjoy. In this spirit, we will strive to be men and women for others.”

The resolution for the precise wording of the plaque was passed on Sept. 4, after it was first proposed to the Senate at the end of the last school year.

The Alumni Memorial Union will also be holding a candlelight vigil that will begin at 7 p.m. A student will start the program by singing the national anthem, and then students will be light candles in remembrance. The event will last approximately two and half-hours and will include a Power Point presentation of the names of those who died, according to a press release.

In addition to the flag dedication and the candlelight vigil, University Ministry will sponsor a 24-hour Eucharistic Vigil for Peace in Straz Tower chapel.

“This will be an atmosphere of prayer and unity among the Marquette community,” said the Rev. Will Prospero, assistant director of University Ministry. “In a world where it seems that violence and evil dominate, it’s important to realize the importance of prayer and to find peace in God.”

The vigil will began at midnight on Sept. 10 and will run all day Sept. 11 ending at midnight. This is the second year the all-night vigil has been offered.

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