By Steven McDowell
As the nation prepares to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, several organizations on the University of Dallas campus are planning events to honor the victims of the catastrophe.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, a special Rosary for peace in honor of the victims of the attacks will be held in the Church of the Incarnation at 4:30 p.m. Denise Phillips, the Executive Director of Mission and Ministry at UD, said it was inspiring to see the “miraculous” power of the Rosary and the “good response” among UD students to events in the past, such as Sept. 11.
In addition, University of Dallas Chaplain Fr. Don Dvorak will say a special prayer in honor of the victims at each Sunday Mass this weekend, and Campus Ministry’s Praise & Worship group will pray for the same intention at 9 p.m. on Sunday in the Church of the Incarnation.
In the past, the UD College Republicans have placed flags on the mall in remembrance of the Sept. 11 victims. However, the College Republicans are not certain if they will be able to continue that tradition this year since they still need to obtain the flags and school authorization.
This year’s anniversary of the terrorist attacks promises to be an especially poignant one as Americans remember the tragedy ten years after the terrorist strike claimed nearly 3,000 lives.
On the national level, a memorial on the site of the World Trade Center will be dedicated on the day of the anniversary and opened to the public the following day. The memorial includes two pools placed in the footsteps of the Twin Towers and a wall on which the names of all 2,997 victims are inscribed in bronze. The families of the victims will take part in the dedication.
The unfinished memorial to the passengers and crew of United Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania as a result of the attacks, will also be dedicated. President Barack Obama will visit all three sites associated with the 9/11 attacks and is scheduled to give an address from the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Sunday night.