A small crowd of mostly students took time to observe a moment of silence and share stories of where they were on Sept. 11, 2001 and its aftermath.
One attendee told the story of a friend of Middle Eastern descent killed in Dallas after the attacks purely because of his skin color. Other students, most of whom were in the second or third grade, remember confusion and panic in their teachers and family members that day.
“Our teacher let us know there’d been an attack in New York and it was going to affect everyone,” said Uroosa Kahlid, a Student Government Association senator and speaker during the candlelight vigil.
Amy Friesenhahn, the association secretary, said the vigil is tradition at the campus and a way for students and the community to commemorate the tragedy and remember the loss.
“We’re more divided as a people than I would like,” she said. “This is something that everybody can share.”
Ms. Kahlid said the anniversary is a universally binding event that brings people together despite their personal divisions.
“With all the differences in beliefs and politics, 9/11 is something that everyone shares the same feelings about,” she said. “It’s something that brings them together.”
And even though the group may not have been a large one, she said she was glad to see people still commemorating the tragedy.
“It’s important,” she said. “Even 50 years from now, it should still be a day that we remember.”