CBU Remembers 13th Anniversary of 9-11 Terrorist Attack
Riverside, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2014)--Students, faculty and staff at California Baptist University took time to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
CBU's Army ROTC paused for a moment of silence during morning training exercises to remember the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
In addition, the Associated Students of California Baptist University offered an opportunity to remember and honor the 2,977 people who lost their lives. At the Stamps Courtyard, students, faculty and staff took one of 2,977 flags, one for each victim, and placed the flag in the lawn. Names of the victims were listed on nearby posters, and each name was on a piece of paper for participants to take with them.
Trent Ward, ASCBU executive president and a marketing senior, came up with the idea of the event, which is in its inaugural year. He hopes that it becomes a tradition.
"I want us to be a socially responsible student body, a pro-active student body," he said. "This is another opportunity for students to express themselves."
Ward was 7 years old when the attacks occurred. He remembers being pulled out of school and being sent outside to play instead of watching television. Although he did not know what was going on at the time, he thinks it is important to remember.
"I think as a Christian university, we need to honor important holidays," he said.
Kamonie Davis, a freshman psychology major, was 5 years old when the towers came down and does not remember that time. However, she planted a flag to show her respect and say a prayer.
"It had a huge effect on us," she said. "All those people who died didn't deserve it. It's something to remember."
Mollie Bohrer, CBU financial aid compliance coordinator, remembers being in history class in high school and watching it on television. She was worried about her father who was in the Air Force and traveling. His flight was delayed that day, but he was safe.
"It's important to remember lives lost, families, people who served," she said. "I think it's losing its significance over time. It's great the ACSBU put this on."
Jason Navarro, a kinesiology senior, placed a flag because he felt it was important to remember everyone who was lost. He was in sixth grade, and although he remembers the events, he did not understand everything that was happening.
"It's important to let us know what we've risen from, how even in the darkest times, there is hope for the future," he said.