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Stetson hosts 9/11 day of service

flags on 9.11On Wednesday, Sept. 11, as part of the national www.911day.org movement, Stetson University will host a “Day of Action” of service and programs in remembrance of the events of 9/11. All events, which  are free and open to the public, will pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, honor those who rose in service in response to the attacks, and remind people of the importance of working more closely together in peace to improve the world.

We hope that you will take some time to honor, reflect and serve through the following programs being offered throughout the day:

  • 8 a.m. – Opening Ceremony @ Elizabeth Hall Flag Pole

Join us for the ceremonial lowering of the flag to half-staff by the Stetson ROTC, opening remarks by President Libby, an interfaith reflection of peace, and a call to action on this Day of Service.

  • Noon – Panel Discussion, “Civil Liberties, Security and Syria: Looking at current issues in the context of 9/11” @ LBC Rinker Auditorium (Cultural Credit event for Stetson students)

Panelists include Dr. Paul Croce (American Studies), Dr. Margaret Venzke (History), Margaret MacDonald (History) and Ahmad Yakzan (alumnus).

  • 2:45 p.m. – Community Service @ Center for Community Engagement (609 Bert Fish Dr.)

Turn your values in to action by volunteering with one of our local community partners! Projects include painting a house with Volusia A.R.C., managing a food pantry with The Neighborhood Center, assisting with projects at the YMCA, or cleaning local environments at Earl Brown Park or Painter’s Pond. Meet at Center for Community Engagement at 2:45 p.m.; carpools leave by 3 p.m. and should return by 5 p.m.

  • 6 p.m. – Closing Ceremony @ Elizabeth Hall Flag Pole

Join us for the ceremonial raising of the flag to full-staff by the Stetson ROTC, and brief closing remarks and group reflection led by Heather Hamilton of the Center for Community Engagement.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to band together in support for those in need, just like many did during the time of tragedy 12 years ago,” said Heather Hamilton, Stetson staff member who is coordinating the day’s events. “Events like 9/11 remind us that we all have a voice and a chance to make a change. Participating in days of service like on Wednesday, or getting involved in your community is one way to start making that change. Take this opportunity to reflect on your values, and let those values steer you to make the changes that you want to see in your life, your community and your country.”

For more information about the national 9/11 movement, visit www.911day.org. These events are sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement, Office of the Chaplain, Army ROTC, and Student Veterans Organization.