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Gettysburg College to Host 9/11 Commemoration on Tenth Anniversary

Published August 30, 2011

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg College will host a day of remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. 

Pennsylvania Hall at Gettysburg College

The day’s events, planned in coordination with local businesses and community organizations, include an 8:45 a.m. religious service on the lawn to the north of Pennsylvania Hall on the Gettysburg College campus. Guests are asked to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to preserve the solemnity of the occasion.

The morning service will include representatives from student religious groups and the chaplain on campus, as well as a moment of silence and tolling of bells in honor of the lives lost. 

There will also be a 6 p.m. remembrance on the Pennsylvania Hall lawn featuring Gettysburg College President Janet Riggs and the Rev. Michael Cooper-White, president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Charles ‘Buz’ Myers, professor of religious studies at Gettysburg College, will present the keynote address. 

A candlelight vigil at the campus’ Quarry Lake will immediately follow the ceremony on the Pennsylvania Hall lawn. 

In the event of inclement weather, the morning ceremony will be held in Christ Chapel, at the intersection of North Washington and West Stevens streets. The evening ceremony will be held outside – rain or shine – unless the weather presents dangerous conditions.In the event of dangerous weather, the evening ceremony will take place in the College Union Building’s Ballroom. 

A limited amount of parking will be available in the Constitution Avenue parking lot on the Gettysburg College campus. There will also be limited accessible parking in the McKnight lot, accessed via the driveway at North Washington and West Stevens streets. 

Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to both ceremonies.

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