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University community remembers thousands lost on Sept. 11, 2001
By Michael Graham
Some 50 students and faculty alike gathered around the water feature to remember the 5th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.
“It is a day now etched in history,” said Charles F. Harrington, UNCP provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
The memorial was highlighted by keynote speaker Dr. Emi Mizunuma, director of the English Language Institute at UNCP.
Mizunuma was living in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.
She said she looked to the New York sky and “understood that something awful was happening to my city.”
Jacobs later commented on the importance of having a ceremony on campus.
“We are all still Americans,” he said, “no matter of race or religion.”
He also said he hoped students used the memorial to remember that everyone is an individual, a characteristic celebrated in America.
Beautiful weather complemented the ceremony with temperatures reaching 80 degrees, accompanied by a slight breeze.