September 11 Vigil to Commemorate 10th Anniversary, Honor First Responders

WASHINGTON, PA (Sept. 8, 2011)—Old Main lawn at Washington & Jefferson College will be adorned with 2,977 American flags this Sunday, Sept. 11, to represent each person killed 10 years ago in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The memorial is part of the 9/11: Never Forget Project and will be open to all students and community members for viewing beginning Sunday at 9 a.m. A candlelight vigil will follow later that night at 9 p.m.

“This should be a moving memorial and vigil that will prompt reflection about the tragedy 10 years ago, but also will call attention to the people who keep the local area safe and secure on a daily basis,” said Joshua Habursky, president of College Republications at W&J.

The vigil will be presided over by Father Michael Ruffalo of W&J’s Catholic Newman Club and will include remarks from Habursky, who will honor members of the Washington Fire, Police and Sherriff’s Departments. Pennsylvania State Representatives Rick Saccone and Brandon Neuman will present each department with an official state commendation.

The 9/11: Never Forget Project, launched in 2003 by Young America’s Foundation, is a nationwide effort to help America’s youth remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack, including first responders who died in action. W&J is one of more than 200 colleges and high schools across the country participating.