Elon to commemorate 9/11 attacks with flag display, ringing bells

The campus community is also invited to gather in the Sacred Space in the Numen Lumen Pavilion on Monday, Sept. 11, at 12:30 p.m. for prayers, readings and sharing. 

The Elon University community on Monday will mark the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with a display of flags, the ringing of bells and a gathering in the Numen Lumen Pavilion. 

​The Student Government Association has invited students to donate a minimum of $1 to sponsor small American flags that will be placed on Young Commons, with the proceeds to be donated to a 9/11-related charity. In the past, proceeds have supported the 9/11 Memorial, which sits in the footprint of the World Trade Center. During its first three years, the fundraiser generated hundreds of dollars for the 9/11 Memorial. 

On Sunday, Sept. 10, up to 1,000 small American flags will be placed on Young Commons to pay tribute to those killed in the attacks, with larger international flags also placed around the area to represent the countries of those killed in the attacks. The carillon in Alamance Building will also be rung three times on Monday morning — at the times of the attack on each of the two World Trade Center towers and at the time of the attack on the Pentagon. 

At 12:30 p.m. Monday, the university community is invited to gather in the Sacred Space in the Numen Lumen Pavilion for a time of prayers, readings and sharing from multiple religious traditions to remember the 9/11 victims and the impact that the attacks have had on so many lives. The gathering is sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.