Fraternity holds memorial for victims of 2001 terrorist attack

Lauren Owens, Staff Writer

Kappa Alpha Order (KA) held an American flag memorial by the fountain on September 11 to commemorate the victims and the families affected by the 2001 terrorist attack.
Members of KA placed 2,977 flags on the lawn of the academic quad in honor of the lives lost during the terrorist attack. The attacks were on the twin towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and a field in Pennsylvania.
There was a memorial board for students and faculty to write down what they were doing at the time of the attack.  Tables were set up with pictures and information regarding 9/11. There was a donation jar to send funds to those affected directly by the tragedy.
KA raised approximately $300 to send to the relief fund for victims.
The flags were placed on the lawn at 7 a.m. and left out through the day for students and faculty to see and remember what happened.
“We decided to do this to honor the 2,977 lives lost on this tragic day,” Christian Burris-Durham a member of KA, said. “This is an event that needs to be remembered.”
Faculty and staff also came out to honor the victims of 9/11.
“Things like this help you get back to what means the most,” student involvement coordinator Cody Simpson said. “You get so caught up in daily life that you don’t really think about stuff like this.”
This is the first year that KA has held a memorial like this.  They have hopes to continue this in years to come.
“We, as an FMU organization, found it imperative that we recognize the victims of 9/11,”  junior political science and business administration major Tyler Rogers said. “This event also gave us the chance to raise money in order to help the families of those victims.”