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President Goldfarb's Letter to University Community About Sept. 11

September 4, 2002

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Dear Western Illinois University Community,

On Wednesday, Sept. 11 the Western Illinois University and Macomb communities will set aside time for "In Remembrance of 9/11," the first anniversary of that fateful day. As President of Western I am extremely proud that a volunteer committee has taken the time to develop appropriate forms of recognition and remembrance, which have been announced on our website and in campus-wide publications.

I would like to call to your attention and encourage your participation in some fashion to the events and remembrances noted below.

At 8:55 a.m. the Sherman Hall bell tower will play "God Bless America" to prepare for a brief period of silent reflection at 9 a.m. I request that all University students, faculty, and staff observe the time of silence from 9 to 9:05 a.m. and that we halt all campus activities for those five minutes. I believe we must, as a community, reflect collectively on the events of September 11 and their implications for our nation and our world.

At 5 p.m. in the University Union plaza Student Government Association President Christopher Mullins-Silverstein and I will participate in a brief program of remembrance. I encourage all faculty, staff and students to participate. I believe this program gives us an opportunity to gather together to remember and reflect.

Your attendance would also be appreciated at the noon program "United We Stand/Salute to Local Heroes" to be held in Macomb's Chandler Park.

I know that we all lead complex and busy lives. If you are unable to participate in person I hope you will pause from your routine to consider the change Sept. 11 has brought to our lives and world, and in so doing find a renewed appreciation for family, loved ones, friends and University colleagues. Western is a remarkable community that always provides a beacon of hope and understanding during difficult times.


Al Goldfarb

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