Officials at Westminster College have planned a number of activities for the upcoming weekend to commemorate the anniversary of America’s 9/11 tragedy.
|On Friday, September 9, a miniature flag for each life lost in 9/11 was placed in Latshaw Plaza on Westminster College's campus in Fulton, MO.|
“I am pleased that so many students and organizations have come forward to participate in events to honor the heroes of 9/11 and remember its victims,” says Kat Barden, Head of Public Services for Reeves Library, who has been coordinating all events. “We want to invite Mid-Missouri families to join us in these commemorative activities.”
On Friday, September 9, Jill Olson, Program Director for Community Engagement, Service & Learning for the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service, took a group of students to the Growing Years Pre-School in Fulton to read books specifically selected to help children understand and remember the events of 9/11.
|Allison Lunk (Air Force ROTC cadet at Westminster) delivers flowers to Mrs. Ihle of the Fulton Presbyterian Manor in appreciation of our veterans on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.|
Three students went to local retirement centers to visit veterans and present them with bouquets of mums to honor them for their military service on Friday morning as well. Visits will be made to Ashbury Heights at 8 a.m., Fulton Presbyterian Manor at 9:30 a.m., Churchill Terrace at 10 a.m., and the Fulton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 11 a.m.
Also, on Friday, the Westminster College Republicans will place a Flag Memorial in Latshaw Plaza on campus. A miniature American flag was placed on the Plaza for each life lost on 9/11.
On Saturday evening, September 10, from 9 p.m.-11 p.m., the Christian Leadership Council on campus provided a Lighted Labyrinth on Latshaw Plaza where members of the Westminster and Fulton communities came for contemplative prayer and meditation remembrances. This Lighted Labyrinth was a serpentine walk made of glow sticks, white paper bags and sand.
Historically these labyrinth walks were painted on the floors of cathedrals or created from mosaic tiles. The serpentine design represents sowing the seeds of peace.
|Members of the Westminster Community gather at the Lighted Labyrinth on Latshaw Plaza.|
A community commemorative service entitled “A World of Heroes” was be held from 11 a.m.-noon on Sunday, September 11, in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury. Fulton First Responders, and especially the Fulton Fire Department, who keeps the community safe and supports citizens during these times of tragedy, were honored at the ceremony. Westminster President Dr. Barney Forsythe presented a wreath to the firefighters in honor of their service. Speakers and special music were provided by various student organizations.
Following the service, honorees and their families joined members of the Westminster community for lunch in the Backer Dining Room in the Mueller Leadership Hall on campus.
For more information about 9/11 events at Westminster, please contact Kat Barden at 573-592-5246 or e-mail her at Kat.Barden@westminster-mo.edu.