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Various ceremonies and events across the campuses will mark the one-year anniversary of September 11.
President George Bush has asked that flags nationwide be flown at half-staff on September 11 and that a moment of silence be observed at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first airplane struck the World Trade Center. Governor George Pataki also has requested that New Yorkers observe special moments of silence throughout the morning: 8:46 a.m.; 9:03 a.m., when the second plane struck the World Trade Center; and 9:59 a.m. and again at 10:29 a.m., when the two towers collapsed.
Honoring a gubernatorial request that educational institutions in New York toll their bells at 10:29 a.m., the bells will be rung in Rush Rhees Library's tower.
Here are highlights of several events scheduled at the University:
The College The Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Officer Training battalion will stand in formation on the Eastman Quadrangle at 8:47 a.m. as Daniel Harrison plays the national anthem from the Rush Rhees tower.
The Interfaith Chapel's sanctuary will be open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. An observance area will be available for visitors to offer flowers, prayers, and written remembrances. "Service of Hope and Remembrance," an interfaith ceremony of reflection, will be held at 8 p.m. in the chapel. Following the service, those in attendance will be invited to join the chaplains in a candlelight walk to Meliora Plaza, the future site of the September 11 memorial, a gift from the Class of 2002 in honor of the six alumni who died in the terrorist attacks.
Wilson Commons will provide ongoing television coverage of national news and observances throughout the day. The Rochester Scottish Pipe Band will perform from noon to 1 p.m. on the front steps of Wilson Commons, accompanied by a NROTC color guard. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will take place in Hirst Lounge.
In addition, from Sept. 9 to 11, the Student Activities Office and the Community Service Network will offer white memorial ribbons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hirst Lounge. The ribbons are free with a suggested donation. Contributions will support the Jeremy Glick Memorial Scholarship Fund, in honor of Glick '93, who led the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity in 1992-93 and who was aboard United Flight 93 that crashed in rural Pennsylvania. The endowed scholarship provides financial assistance to students in fraternities and sororities.
Simon School The William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration will host a remembrance, and an announcement of space to be dedicated in James S. Gleason Hall in memory of Jeffrey R. Smith '87, '88S (MBA), and Zhe (Zack) Zeng '95, '98S (MBA), from 8:15-8:30 a.m., in Gleason Hall, Room 318/418. Smith was an equity analyst at Sandler O'Neill & Partners in the World Trade Center's South Tower, and Zeng was voluntarily assisting people on site before the buildings collapsed. During the remembrance, the Gleason Hall fourth-floor patio will be dedicated as a memorial space in honor of Smith and Zeng.
Eastman School of Music The Eastman School community will mark observances with a private ceremony of music and remarks in the Main Hall at 12:30 p.m.
Memorial Art Gallery The gallery will host a September 11 Remembrance Day with classical music performances from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pavilion. Admission is free.
Medical Center The Chaplaincy Services Department at Strong Memorial Hospital will offer opportunities for staff, patients, and their families to reflect throughout the day. Personal statements, drawings, and poems on life after September 11 will be posted on chapel walls for passersby to read. A reflection area in the Medical Center Chapel near Miner Library will be available for visitors to offer prayers and remembrances.