I request that the UMass Lowell community observe a moment of silence at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday to mark the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and to honor the alumni and friends of the university who were lost on that tragic day.
As we remember the lives lost on September 11th, we honor their memory. We will never forget. Flags on campus will be lowered to half-staff in observance.
I also encourage the university community to visit the site of “Unity,” a memorial to the victims designed by three artists, including two UMass Lowell graduates. The memorial is located along the Riverwalk, just off Pawtucket Street beside Leitch Hall.
Among those from the UMass Lowell community we remember are: Douglas A. Gowell ’71; Robert Hayes ’86; Brian Kinney ’95; John A. Ogonowski ’72, who was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11; Christopher Zarba ’79; Patrick J. Quigley IV, who was the husband of UMass Lowell graduate Patricia Fleming Quigley, daughter of math Prof. Emeritus and former Councilor Brendan Fleming; and Jessica Leigh Sachs, a former student whose parents are alumni.
Please take note also of the individual memorial to Brian Kinney '95 which is a short walk from the "Unity" memorial. The Brian Kinney memorial was installed by his family at the corner of Fletcher Street and Pawtucket Street, where the family once operated an auto service station.
Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and support groups began to seek a forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and pay tribute to those who rose in service in response to the tragedy.
By encouraging Americans to participate in service and remembrance activities on the 9/11 anniversary, family members wanted to provide a productive and respectful way to honor those who perished and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that swept our nation after 9/11. In this way we can help meet the challenges we face today.
Because of their efforts to build support for this idea, Sept. 11 has been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established as law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009, and is consistent with President Obama’s overall call to service, United We Serve.
I urge all members of the campus community to participate in an act of service. See the University's Remembrances and Service Opportunities.