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A memorial service, a ceremony retiring a quilt representing peace and unity, and a memorial “ribbon garden” will be part of Lafayette’s commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Current plans call for classes to take place without interruption.

“The intent is to have this be a day full of solemn remembering,” says Pam Brewer, associate dean of students and director of student life programs. “We want life to continue, but for people to recognize the life-changing event that occurred a year ago.”

Lafayette’s observance on Wednesday, Sept. 11, will begin 8:45 a.m. in Farinon College Center with a ceremony retiring the commemorative quilt created by the College community as a response to the terrorist attacks. Several students will assist in lowering and folding the quilt, which will be displayed for a few months before being moved to a permanent location. Lafayette President Arthur J. Rothkopf ’55 to give opening remarks.

At 8:50 a.m., the South College bell will toll, calling the Lafayette community to pause for quiet reflection on those lost one year ago and the events of that day.

Led by students from the various campus religious organizations, a memorial service will start at 12:15 p.m. in Colton Chapel. The Lafayette Choir will sing at the event.

Outside Colton, rope lines will be set up for the hanging of messages written on ribbons that will be provided. The memorial “ribbon garden” will remain in place through the weekend.

In addition to the Sept. 11 activities, Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, will speak on “Civil Liberties and National Security” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Oechsle Hall. The talk is sponsored by Lafayette’s Ethics Project, which promotes sound moral analysis and reasoning and their application to a full range of contemporary problems.

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