College Hosts 9/11 Events

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Hundreds of EKU students, faculty, staff and friends turned out on September 11, 2014 to climb the steps of Keene Residence Hall and attend an evening memorial ceremony in the EKU Center for the Arts to remember the the men and women who lost their lives in a terrorist attack on America 13 years ago.

Event coordinator Daniel Kirstein recalled that 75 people participated in the first memorial event and stair climb in 2011.  The next year, it had grown to 150 people and by 2013, over 500 participated.  Two separate climbs were conducted this year to handle the number of people wanting to climb.

“We are here not to remember the day of September 11, 2001,” said memorial ceremony keynote speaker, Jim Pharr, Chair of the Fire Protection and Paramedicine Sciences for the College.   “But rather we are here to remember the events that happened on the day, to remember that we must be prepared to deal with a wide array of issues brought to our doorsteps and to remember that freedom is not free.”

“Mostly we come together to remember the heroic acts of that day,” he said.  “To remember what selfless service means.  To remember those who gave their lives so that others may live.  The day so many demonstrated duty, honor and courage.   They did not just say the words, they lived them.  They lived those words until their final breaths.”

The memorial ceremony featured a color guard from the Richmond and Frankfort Fire Departments, bagpiper Jesse Short of Kentucky United Pipes and Drums and by Kaeli Fletcher, an EKU Broadcasting and Marketing major from Belfry, KY who performed the national anthem.

The event was sponsored by the College of Justice & Safety, Housing, and the EKU Center for the Arts.





Published on September 18, 2014