TCU organizations and volunteers make 9/11 vigil happen

A Candlelight Service of Remembrance and Hope will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11th at 8 p.m. outside the Brown-Lupton University Union in the Campus Commons Amphitheater. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centers.

John Hughes, junior criminal justice major and president of the Student Veterans Organization, said the Student Veterans Organization will be one of several TCU organizations that will be attending and helping with the 9/11 vigil on Sunday.

A candlelight ceremony and readings from passages are a few things attendees of the vigil can expect from the event, Hughes said.

“The evening will include music, prayers and reflections on the events of that day ten years ago with the intent to honor the memory of all that was lost that day, to reflect on its meaning, and to recommit ourselves to move forward into a future with hope,” Reverend Angela Kaufman, Minister to the University, said in an e-mail.

The event is a result of a collaborative effort between volunteers, groups and organizations on campus, and departments on campus, Kaufman said.

TCU faculty and students reflected on their personal experiences from one of the most infamous days since the beginning of the new millennium. 

Richard Allen, professor of film-television-digital media, said being a native New Yorker made 9/11 a very real subject. Allen said although he was not in New York at the time of the attacks, there was a sense of “survivor’s guilt” he dealt with. 

“I remember my father telling me that this is the darkest day we’ll ever see and it’s my generation’s undertaking to get justice,” Hughes said. 

Hughes was 18 years old when the planes hit the towers and it has been a process of healing since then.

Allen expressed what it meant to him to have TCU organize a vigil on campus. Allen said it meant applying oneself solely to one emotional issue while pushing aside everything else.

Following the service, attendees will have an opportunity to post cards, letters and photographs of members of the military and public service units to honor them. This activity is sponsored by Writers for Fighters. There will also be a chance to take part in planting flags to remember September 11, and this will be sponsored by Sigma Lambda Alpha, Kaufman said.

According to Kaufman’s e-mail, if it rains on Sunday, the service will take place in the BLUU Auditorium.

The candlelight service is a university-wide event and will be open to all students, faculty and staff of the TCU community.