This weekend, Americans will do some of the things we always do during fall weekends – like watching football and spending time with friends and family. But we’ll also take a moment to reflect on where we were 10 years ago, when the Twin Towers fell, and on everything that has come to pass since. Some may want to do this privately, while others will want to come join with others to take note of this anniversary.
For those who wish to reflect in groups, there are many local events this weekend that are dedicated to the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Here are a few of them:
The International Center for the Study of Terrorism, at Penn State, will host a free lecture, “Ten Years since 9-11,” from 6-8 p.m. at Sutliff Auditorium in the Lewis Katz Building on the University Park campus. The speaker will be Arif Alikhan, a distinguished professor of homeland security and counterterrorism at the National Defense University. Alikhan, a former assistant secretary for policy development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is expected to talk about the fight against terrorism, as well as national security.
Before the Lions kick off against the Tide at 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Stadium, the Blue Band will play the National Anthem beside a few honored guests – a color guard of New York City firefighters. The anthem will be followed by a stadium flyover of F-18 Hornets. The Blue Band’s halftime show will be a tribute to those lost, those saved and those who have served, and will include patriotic songs and on-field appearances by students representing different branches of military service.
A service of remembrance will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the All-Purpose Room of the new Ferguson Township Elementary School in Pine Grove Mills. The service will also honor first responders who serve the township, and will be attended by representatives of the township police, the Alpha Fire Company and Centre LifeLink.
At 12:45 p.m. the Alpha Fire Company will hold its “Stop and Remember” ceremony at the station, 400 W. Beaver Ave. The event will be a regional commemoration open to anyone wishing to stop by or speak. There will be a moment of honor at 1 p.m. when the fire company is asking everyone to observe a minute of silence as businesses, places of worship, and police and fire stations ring bells. The names of all 343 firefighters who died saving lives at the World Trade Center will be read aloud.
The State College Choral Society will perform Mozart’s “Requiem” at 3 p.m. in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, on the University Park campus, as a tribute to the heroes of 9/11. Tickets cost $10 for students and $20 for adults, and can be purchased by calling (814) 234-0169.
In addition, many local religious institutions are holding special remembrances Sunday.
Sept. 11 is also a day on which many, including the president, have encouraged people to volunteer their time or money to help a good cause. There are countless charitable organizations in Centre County. Everyone has their favorite; get out their and give yours a hand! They would all greatly appreciate the help.
And if you’re looking for a more Sept. 11-specific cause to contribute to, Artistic Horizon is collecting new stuffed animals for its 10th anniversary “Bears that Care” program. The program, which started after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, delivers stuffed animals, with handwritten notes, to children in orphanages, medical facilities, child care centers and other facilities. Donations of new stuffed animals, funds for shipping and handwritten notes of encouragement can be made between Sunday and Sept. 21 at Artistic Horizon, Bldg. C, Cato Ave., or 219 S. Patterson St., State College.