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Roderick J. McDavis

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President offers remembrance and reflection on Sept. 11

On Friday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an email to the University memorializing Sept. 11 and sharing opportunities to honor those who died that day.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

This Sunday, September 11th, will mark the 10th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in the history of our nation and world, a day in which senseless acts of terrorism took the lives of thousands of innocent victims and forever changed the lives of millions more.

This Sunday, I ask that you take a moment to remember the victims and their families, including the brave firefighters and police officers who were the first to respond. As we pause, we pay tribute to the millions of individuals who have stepped forward in service since that day, caring for the hurt, lending a hand to devastated families, and serving in the armed forces around the world.

To provide a way for us to come together as a community, student organizations have planned events for this weekend, which include a memorial vigil and a peace walk.

All students, faculty, staff and members of the greater Athens community are invited to a memorial beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10th, continuing through noon on Sunday, Sept. 11th. The memorial, adjacent to Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium, will feature a flag for each victim, as well as luminaries accompanying the memorial. The memorial vigil is hosted by the Ohio University College Republicans. Light refreshments will be provided.

United Campus Ministry will hold a Peace Walk beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The walk will begin at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and make its way past First United Methodist Church, Athens First Presbyterian, First Christian Church, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Hillel, St. Paul Catholic Church, Christ Lutheran Church, and Christ the King University Parish, and end by encircling the Islamic Center in a symbolic gesture of welcome, inclusion and appreciation.

For each of us, whether we choose to participate in the events on campus or engage in a more private remembrance, this weekend will be a time of somber reflection. As you spend time with your friends and loved ones, I wish you peace.  


Roderick J. McDavis

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.- Miller/Jackson