Students, faculty and staff recently commemorated the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks through a variety of somber and inspiring events at Berry College and in the Rome community.
Students assembled care packages for the troops, cleaned fire trucks at a fire station and volunteered at the Day of Remembrance event on Sept. 11. On the Berry campus, representatives of various student organizations took turns ringing the chapel bell once for each person (2,819) killed in the attacks.
The Multicultural & International Students Programs Office and Student Government Association sponsored a showing of the 9/11 documentary by filmmakers James Hanlon and Jules and Gedeon Naudet. They were filming a documentary on a rookie New York City firefighter when they noticed a plane overhead. As the camera swung upward, the filmmakers captured footage of American Airlines Flight 11 striking Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. They continued to film throughout Sept. 11 and the days afterward, documenting the event from the perspective of the firemen.
Mount Berry Church hosted guest speaker David Campbell, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church and an Army chaplain in Iraq in 2003-04. Students also gathered at the Interfaith Remembrance Gathering: Prayers for Peace from Abrahamic and Asian Faith Traditions, co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council and the chaplain’s office. In addition, staff and faculty submitted their personal stories about Sept. 11 for display in the student center lobby.
Student photographers Mary Claire Stewart, Sarah Garrett and Blake Childers.