The University on Thursday will mark the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with the “9/11 Never Forget Project: BGSU Remembers.”
Beginning at 9:11 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, a ceremony will feature a video of memories from members of the campus community—including President Carol Cartwright—and remarks by Daniel Lipian. He is a May 2008 BGSU graduate who, as a program officer for the conservative group Young America’s Foundation, is assisting in the organization of the 9/11 Never Forget Project on more than 200 college campuses nationwide.
The nonpartisan ceremony will conclude at about 10:20 p.m. with a candlelight vigil outside the Union. Performing at that time will be the HeeBeeBGs, a chamber ensemble of the BGSU Men’s Chorus.
The day’s events will begin at 10 a.m. with placement of American flags—one for each of the victims of the 9/11 attacks—in the Union Oval.
The evening ceremony will open with presentation of colors by a BGSU Air Force ROTC Color Guard, led by Cadet Jason Arnett, and singing of the National Anthem by Nate Hein, a junior majoring in vocal performance.
Speaking at 9:15 p.m. will be Pastor Matt Pardi from the campus Christian organization h2o, followed at 9:30 p.m. by the video. In addition to Dr. Cartwright, several BGSU faculty and students will appear, offering their reflections about 9/11. Producing the video are Jose Cardenas, telecommunications, and several students.
Lipian is scheduled to speak at 9:45 p.m., discussing the remembrance as a tradition that should be continued by students and the importance of 9/11 to them. The recipient of a bachelor of science degree in physics last May, he served two terms as chair of the BGSU College Republicans while a student. He also served a term as state chair of the Ohio College Republican Federation.
A slide show of images, video and audio related to the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath will precede the candlelight vigil, at 10 p.m.