Posted September 8, 2006 Atlanta
Communications and Marketing
Contact David Terraso
This weekend, Georgia Tech students will display close to 3,000 American flags as part of a memorial and remembrance ceremony to recognize the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 on this fifth anniversary of the tragedy.
The American Flag Memorial will consist of nearly 3,000 flags set up on Skiles Lawn, to represent each life that was lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. From Saturday through Monday, the flags will be displayed and organizers will raise money to sponsor a brick in Georgia Tech's name at the future World Trade Center Memorial.
In addition to the flag memorial and ceremony, a moment of silence will be observed on Monday, September 11, at 12:00 noon and a remembrance ceremony will be held on Monday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the Campanile, near the Student Center. Members of the Georgia Tech community will share their reflections on 9/11 and how the tragedy impacted their lives.
The flag memorial and remembrance ceremony will encourage students, faculty, alumni, and community members to memorialize those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and rural Pennsylvania.
"Remembering our national tragedy can only bring new hope and understanding and put us on the road to forgiving our enemies," said Derek Greene, a Georgia Tech student and U.S. Marine who will speak at the remembrance ceremony.
Several individuals and departments are participating in this project. "I am delighted that so many students are collaborating on this project to unite our country and our campus," said Stephanie Ray, associate dean of students and director of Diversity Programs.
Tech student Connor Carolan-Tolbert, the project coordinator, emphasized the importance of honoring the victims. "The thousands of students, alumni, and visitors to our campus will appreciate Georgia Tech giving them a meaningful opportunity to reflect on the fifth anniversary of this tragedy," he said.