September 4, 2013 –Twelve years ago, America was attacked on its own soil for the first time in decades. On September 11, 2001, armed terrorists hijacked and crashed four airplanes that destroyed the iconic World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York, damaged the renowned Pentagon, and killed thousands of men, women and children.
Fort Valley State University will commemorate this unforgettable tragedy during its annual 9/11 Observation Day program at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the C.W. Pettigrew Farm and Community Life Center.
Retired Major General Charles Hood Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the memorial. The retired military leader once served as the president of the Metro Atlanta Kiwanis Club, as chairman of the Fulton County Community Zoning Board, and the former vice president of the Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated.
Fort Valley State University will also toll bells from 8:46 a.m. to 10:28 a.m., to signal points of impact for American Airlines’ flights 11 and 77, United Airlines’ flights 175 and 93, and to signify the collapse of the South and North WTC towers.
Following the special program, the FVSU drum line will lead a march to the Academic Classroom and Laboratory Building to unveil the university’s “USA Square.” The square will display flags from Fort Valley State University, Georgia, the USA, and states impacted by the 2001 terrorist attacks. Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, local dignitaries and service personnel will give remarks.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact FVSU’s Office of Marketing and Communications, (478) 825-6319.
Christina D. Milton, writer
Fort Valley State University
Office of Marketing and Communications