To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, High Point University will host two events that will not only allow the campus community to hear from a survivor of the attacks, but will also provide the opportunity to reflect on the events of that tragic day in American history. The events will be held Sept. 1 and Sept. 11; both are open to the public.
· Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.This Sept. 11 memorial event will feature Deputy Chief John (Jay) Jonas, from the New York City Fire Department. Jonas, who was Captain of Ladder Co. 6 during the attacks in 2001, was one of only 20 people who made it out alive as the Twin Towers collapsed around them. Jonas was one of the first responding units to the World Trade Center. He and his unit were rescuing a woman from the north tower of the World Trade Center when it collapsed on them. Against the odds, they survived the collapse and their entrapment – and lived to tell the extraordinary tale of heartbreak and bravery. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for HPU students, faculty, staff and the general public by contacting 336-841-9209 or [email protected]
Parking for the event will be behind the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.
· Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. at David Hayworth Park. The Sept. 11 10th Anniversary Memorial Service will feature a variety of reflections, including remarks from Dr. Hal Warlick, dean of the Chapel; various student leaders on campus. Dr. Marc Foster, chair of the Department of Music will perform. Also during the event, a Medal of Recognition from the U.S. State Department will be awarded to student Virginia Dannelly. Dannelly’s mother is currently serving in Baghdad with the U.S. Dept. of Justice. American flags will also be distributed during the event, which will be placed throughout the park as a memorial to the many lives that were lost on Sept. 11. The event is open to the public; tickets are not required.
Parking for the event will be at the Millis Athletic and Convocation Center.
“High Point University proudly celebrates God, family and country each and every day,” says HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “We are blessed to be a part of this great nation, and we will always remember those who perished on that day, as well as those who are serving our country.”
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