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Dartmouth works with community to commemorate anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

Posted 08/21/02

Dartmouth College will participate in observations planned by local communities of faith and other organizations to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The college is also planning a number of long-term activities to honor the memory of the 11 alumni who died in the World Trade Center and elsewhere that day.

On Sept. 11, commemorations will begin at 8:45 a.m.–approximately one minute before the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center–when dozens of Upper Valley places of worship will toll their bells. The bells will ring for one minute, encouraging residents across the region to observe a moment of silence in honor of those who lost their lives in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. From noon to 12:30 p.m., places of worship will be open to the community for prayer and reflection. Dartmouth President James Wright will speak at noon in Rollins Chapel, and the building will be open to the campus community and members of the public until midnight.

A vigil open to the public will begin at 7 p.m. on the Dartmouth College Green. High school students and other local community members will work together with Dartmouth groups to prepare and light approximately 3,200 luminaria, in honor of those killed on Sept. 11. The Baker Library bells will ring for peace at 8:45 p.m. during the community gathering.

The tolling of the bells, noon reflection time and vigil are being organized by members of local faith communities and other organizations, facilitated by Dartmouth's William Jewett Tucker Foundation. Other organizations wishing to join in the commemoration are welcome to do so, and may contact the Tucker Foundation for more information at (603) 646-3780.

Also, from Sept. 11 to 15, the Hood Museum of Art will display Norman Rockwell's "Save Freedom of Worship" in the museum lobby. The work is part of a four-poster series titled "The Four Freedoms." Copies of the other three posters will accompany the original of "Save Freedom of Worship."

In mounting this poster, the Hood joins museums throughout the nation in the American Association of Museums' "Celebrate America's Freedoms" effort. Through this program, the Association hopes to "encourage museums across the country to participate in a day of remembrance and a celebration of the freedoms that sustain America's strength." In addition, Hugh J. Freund, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 1967, has donated funds to enable the Hood Museum of Art to purchase a photograph of the World Trade Center taken on Sept. 11, 2001, by renowned photojournalist and Dartmouth graduate James Nachtwey, Class of 1970.

Eleven Dartmouth graduates were killed in the terrorist attacks last year. To honor their memories, President Wright announced a number of long-term initiatives, including the creation of a permanent memorial on the campus, a series of educational forums conducted by the Dickey Center for International Understanding, and a student internship program at a school near "ground zero" sponsored by the Tucker Foundation. The Tucker Foundation is also encouraging students and others to participate in the "Unity in the Spirit of America Program," which facilitates service projects to honor those who died on Sept. 11. A year-long forum on the Middle East, sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, will begin on Sept. 19, with a 7 p.m. lecture in 2 Rockefeller Center by University of Vermont Professor Gregory Gause titled "Saudi-American Relations After 9/11."

"Our world was forever changed on September 11 last year," said President Wright. "As we come together as a community, we will be joining communities across the nation and around the world in solemn commemoration of that day. Dartmouth also has a responsibility to remember and examine this pivotal time through its teaching, scholarship, and other activities," Wright added. "I am proud that we will be continuing this dialogue well into the future."


  • Dr. Paul W. Ambrose, Dartmouth Medical School House Staff ('96-'99)
  • Juan P. Cisneros '99
  • Christopher M. Colasanti '90
  • Kevin P. Connors Tu '73
  • Kevin R. Crotty '80
  • Brian P. Dale '80 Tu '81
  • Joseph Flounders '77
  • Jeffrey E. LeVeen '68
  • Frederick C. Rimmele III '97, Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency
  • Thomas F. Theurkauf, Jr. Tu '81
  • Richard H. Woodwell '79

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