The sound of chimes Wednesday morning signaled the start of a remembrance service at The University of Texas-Pan American, when students, faculty and University staff joined the country and the world in paying homage to the heroes of last year’s terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
|UTPA Student Esperanza Medina sings "The Star Spangled Banner" while members of the Army ROTC Bronc Batalion hold the U.S. Flag today during a remembrance ceremony.|
More than 250 people packed the Student Union’s auditorium for the 15 minute service, which included a color guard, an invocation by Assistant Police Chief Wallace Jay Carey, a moment of silence, Taps and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, Amazing Grace and God Bless America.
“We all share in the loss and pain, the fear and anger, shock, disbelief and in the firm determination to survive and move forward in the face of these attacks on our nation, other nations and all humanity,” said Carey.
“In the days, weeks and months that have followed the September 11th attacks, humanity has turned to its’ faith and has found sustenance and strength.”
|Students at The University of Texas-Pan American join faculty and staff in commemorating the tragic events of September 11 at a remembrance ceremony.|
Student Gina Perez said the ceremony helped her cope with the tragedy.
“I feel it did me some good,” Perez said, who remembers being home when she first heard the news of the events. “Since the events, I think I have more patriotism for my country.”
Carey reminded attendees not to become victims of fear or intimidation and to not become weary or grow faint. He said to remember that we are all one people and we must never lose hope. “Hope assures us that, with God’s grace, we will find our strength through challenges,” he said. “Hope is not an optimistic term, but is a source for strength and action in the most demanding of times.”
The Student Government Association passed out red, white and blue ribbons as participants entered the Student Union. The service was followed by a discussion group session, Reflections of September 11, facilitated by the Counseling Center staff.