Morehead — The 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that took down the World Trade Center and killed 2,973 has never gone by without notice at Morehead State. But this year, students on the campus spoke about the event from the eye of grade-school kids. More than 6,000 flags were placed at the university's Bell Tower Wednesday by the Student Government Association and invited the campus community to add more.
For junior Caroline Clay, of Greenup, the memory comes from a younger generation. She watched the news in her school library. “I just heard that the Twin Towers had been bombed, I was in the third grade and I was in the library. I saw a bunch of flames and firefighters; I didn't know what was happening. I was eight years old.”
The hijackings sent the country to war in Afghanistan and Iraq under then President George W. Bush.
“This is very special to me and means a lot to me,” said Max Ammonds, director of Military Initiatives at the university. “I served three tours in the Middle East and in Iraq. I've had friends, colleagues hurt, injured, (and some) who died, in service of their country.”
“This is an opportunity to pause, to give thanks, stop for prayer and to be hopeful for the future,” said Morehead State President Wayne Andrews, a veteran. “We should never take any of this for granted.”
Ammonds said when he sees the field of flags placed by students he's reminded of his colleagues. “It reminds me of why we do these things and support our nation.”
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