IUP, others, among sites for local 9/11 observances
Indiana is among area communities that will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States with special programs and observances.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania will play host to an anniversary remembrance program at 8:30 a.m. Sunday to reflect on the 2001 attacks.
A tent will be set up in the Oak Grove with a display honoring the three IUP alumni lost in the fall of New York City's World Trade Center. A representative of the Interfaith Council will be in the tent to offer support for visitors. Music will be presented by a student violin quartet.
IUP has a Sept. 11 memorial set up in the Oak Grove between Sutton Hall and Stapleton Library. The memorial includes a 13-foot remnant of the World Trade Center, on long-term loan to the university from the Kovalchick family of Indiana.
The three IUP alumni lost in the World Trade Center attacks are William Moskal, a 1979 graduate; Donald Jones, a 1980 graduate; and William Sugra, a 1993 graduate.
Both Jones and Sugra worked for Cantor Fitzgerald in the north tower of the World Trade Center. Jones was a bond broker from Bucks County. Sugra lived in Manhattan and worked for e-Speed, Cantor Fitzgerald's electronic trading unit.
Sugra's family, of Allentown, has established a memorial scholarship in his honor for an IUP student from Allentown majoring in finance.
Moskal, a safety sciences graduate and Johnstown native, was a risk consultant for Marsh and McLennan in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in heavy construction. He was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, for a meeting in the World Trade Center.
During September, the IUP Library is offering a special exhibition about the attacks. The display, located in the first floor lobby, includes memorabilia from IUP alumni who participated in the cleanup of the World Trade Center site.
The Indiana Players will present the program "9/11 Tribute: 10 Years Past" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Philadelphia Street Playhouse, 725 Philadelphia St., Indiana.
Community members will reflect on their thoughts and experiences of that terrible day and the years that followed. Police, EMTs, firemen, active military personnel and veterans will receive a special price for tickets to the show.
For ticket information, call 724-464-0725 or visit www.indianaplayers.com.
St. Vincent does its part
At St. Vincent College, off routes 30 and 981 near Latrobe, students were preparing today to place 3,000 American flags in the grass bordering the entrance drive to the Sis and Herman DuprŽ Science Pavilion as a way of commemorating the victims of 9/11.
The project is being undertaken by the Saint Vincent College Student Government Association executive board officers and senators to show their support on the tenth anniversary of the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Somerset County.
Saint Vincent Campus Ministry is planning a memorial Mass in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Donations will be accepted for Operation Gratitude which benefits National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty Chaplains after service in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Musical vigil planned
The Westmoreland Choral Society and the Greensburg Ministerial Association will sponsor a vigil for the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, located at the Mt. Pleasant exit of the Route 30 bypass in Greensburg.
The event will feature readings and selections by the Choral Society including "America the Beautiful" arranged by Mark Hayes, "The Promise of Living" by Aaron Copeland and Ralph Manuel's "Alleluia," which gave courage to many after the Oklahoma City bombing. Songs sung by the audience will include "Let There Be Peace on Earth."
The Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra will provide accompaniment for several selections. Artwork by area children and youth centering on peace will be displayed.
Tickets will be available at the door. Or, for ticket information, call 724-610-1441.
Events at Shanksville
Much attention in the area this weekend will be focused on Shanksville, where officials are to dedicate the Flight 93 National Memorial on Saturday followed by a separate 10th anniversary commemoration ceremony on Sunday.
The memorial near the site where Flight 93 crashed commemorates the actions of the plane's 40 passengers and crew who thwarted a plan by terrorists to use the aircraft to cause further death and destruction in Washington, D.C.
According to the National Park Service site for the memorial, Saturday's program will begin at 10 a.m. at the site's Memorial Plaza and will include music, speakers and laying of wreaths. Among those expected to participate are Vice President Joe Biden and former President George W. Bush. Gov. Tom Corbett also is expected to attend while Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is scheduled to perform.
Sunday's program is set to begin at 8:30 a.m., also in the Memorial Plaza.
Members of the public attending will have to pass through security checkpoints. They may bring chairs for seating but not in a bag. Service animals will be allowed, but not pets.
For more information, see www.nps.gov/flni/index.htm.
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