UT Commemorates September 11th

We remember September 11th not out of a desire to relive the sadness and anger of that time but to commemorate the good we saw in its aftermath — the acts of heroism, the compassion, the expressions of worldwide solidarity. Like all large institutions, The University of Texas was affected deeply by this tragedy. For us these effects range from our own operational security, to our academic life and contributions to national policy conversations, to our many alumni who have sacrificed in the wars precipitated by 9/11. On this solemn anniversary, we join with the nation in honoring the fallen.

Below is a list of ways September 11 will be marked on our campus today and throughout the weekend.

Friday, Sept. 9

• Flag lowering: An ROTC unit will lower the flags on the Main Mall at 9 a.m. Flags on the Main Mall will remain at half-staff and will be lighted overnight through the weekend. Other campus flags will be at half-staff.

• Remembrance activity: In the aftermath of 9/11, thousands of students gathered at the Tower to mourn together. This year, people are encouraged to return to the Tower to leave notes of remembrance. Paper will be provided for those interested in writing their individual perspectives and memories of 9/11. The notes will be collected in baskets at the location and deposited in the official University Archives at the Briscoe Center for American History in Sid Richardson Hall.

• Commemorative carillon concert: At noon, listen for a special musical performance by Tower Carillonneur Tom Anderson.

• Panel discussion: From 1:30-3 p.m. the LBJ School will host a panel discussion titled, “Conversation 9/11: A Decade After, Looking Forward” in the Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building (ACE), Avaya Auditorium 2.302. The event is free and open to the public. Current students are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, Sept. 10

• Moment of silence: There will be a moment of silence requested during the Texas football pregame against Brigham Young University at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Sunday, Sept. 11

• Darkened Tower: From midnight Saturday, Sept. 10 until sunrise Sunday, Sept. 11 and again from dusk Sunday until Monday morning, Sept. 12, the Tower will be darkened in memory of the events of 9/11.

• Flag display: Ten years ago, the university paid tribute to those whose lives were lost on 9/11 by displaying the U.S. flag on the front of the Main Building. In observance of the 10th anniversary, the American flag will once again be displayed at the heart of the University’s campus.

• Performance event: Watch “september play” a 9/11 memorial theater production developed by Courtney Sale, an M.F.A. candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance, at 8 p.m. in the Anna Hiss Gymnasium. Admission is free, but space is limited. Read “A day to remember,” a story about “september play.”

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  1. alexa levin markoff says:

    kudos to President Powers and UT for ensuring that students and faculty never forget that horrific day 10 years ago. the scope and variety of 9/11 remembrances are amazing. thank you for always being there, during both the good and the bad.

    Alexa Levin Markoff
    Class of 1973

  2. Great job, supporting 9-11

    I Think of the many people who perished on this particular heartbreaking day, and those individuals whose day-to-day lives were altered forever, sincere regards