UND ROTC cadets held a vigil outside Memorial Union on Friday, Sept. 11, as a tribute to those who lost their lives 14 years ago in terrorist attacks and the armed conflicts in defense of the nation that ensued.
The University of North Dakota’s Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) Army and Air Force branches commemorated 9/11 with a vigil held outside the Memorial Union on Friday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon.
"On Sept. 11, it is important to once again bring our thoughts to the events that occurred that tragic morning 14 years ago," said Cadet Kyle L. Simonson, UND Army ROTC color guard commander. "We are holding this memorial vigil to bring the University of North Dakota and greater Grand Forks community together in memorializing those who were killed, honoring the sacrifices of the first responders, and remembering the spirit of unity that emerged in the aftermath of 9/11."
During the vigil, a UND ROTC guard, switched every half-hour, stood watch over three battle crosses in dedication to and memoriam of the firefighters, police, military and civilians who lost their lives during the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The UND Memorial Union, where the vigil was held, was dedicated in 1951 to UND students and faculty who have served and died as members of the U.S. military in times of armed conflict, making it a fitting place to honor the 2,977 people who died during the 9/11 attacks.
Carrie Sandstrom University & Public Affairs student writer
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