In remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 Fort Hays State University students, along with members of the community, gathered together, despite heavy rain, last Wednesday for a candlelight vigil in front of the Memorial Union. [raw][quote_right]
“Live your daily lives with determination and optimism, knowing that the only thing that can conquer the dark is light,” Chris Roberts, SGA president
The event, sponsored by the American Democracy Project and Tigers in Service featured singing of patriotic, traditional songs, a speech from Student Government Association President Chris Roberts, Salina junior, and members of the Kansas National Guard presenting the colors.
Many of the students were quick to share why it was important to remember the events of 9/11.
“It’s just something that impacted the American people a lot….something that is dear and close to our hearts so we wanted to pay our respects,” Ali Sedbrook, Thornton, Colo. Sophomore, said.
“As students I think we really need to remember that day and what happened…out of respect for them (the men and women who worked at the site) and all the people who lost their lives that day…even though it is raining… they went above and beyond I think we can give up a little bit too,” Brenna Johnson, Beloit junior, said.
In his speech Roberts said, people killed in the attack and due to the cleanup and rescue afterwards, “have paid the ultimate price and for that, we owe those souls—as well as the survivors and those serving everywhere today—our deepest respect and gratitude. Appreciate those around you. Live your daily lives with determination and optimism, knowing that the only thing that can conquer the dark is light.”