The memorial ceremony began at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, following a color guard procession made up of members of UND’s Reserve Officer Training Corps, and a moment of silence.
UND President Andrew Armacost and members of UND’s student government addressed the group of people gathered for the ceremony, some wearing UND colors, some military uniforms and some in plain clothes. They spoke about their memories of the day, and growing up in the aftermath of it.
“Today on the 20th anniversary, we must allow ourselves to reflect on that day,” Armacost said. “We must remember the loss of innocent lives, the physical destruction of iconic structures that, incidentally, held people, and the long term impact that day had on the emotional, mental and physical health of those who survived.”
Armacost said he recalls the images broadcast on television that day, and the sky, eerily quiet and devoid of air traffic, save for patrolling military aircraft. He encouraged people to reflect on that day, and the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the attacks. If possible, he said, people should try to go to memorials at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, places he has had the opportunity to