Sept. 11, 2019

Dear UD Community,

Eighteen years ago today, our nation suffered a devastating terrorist attack, the effects of which continue to reverberate around the world. Not unlike the values we hold sacred here at the University of Delaware, the fundamental principles of freedom, equality and even humanity were tested as never before. In the face of such tragedy in 2001, we also witnessed amazing displays of heroism, courage, sacrifice, philanthropy and resilience.

Today, as we remember all the events of 9/11, we pause to contemplate their meaning in our lives, and to unite with a shared vision for a more peaceful world. In honor of those who died, flags on campus are lowered to half-staff, and the Carillon will chime at 8:46 a.m. to mark the moment the attacks began. In addition, signs expressing remembrance are placed around The Green today, thanks to the work of junior Jillian Donlon, whose father is a longtime New York City firefighter. Also, the University will join the City of Newark in a remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. in Olan Thomas Park. Details about these events can be found in this UDaily article.

While the terror of 9/11 is undeniable, we can be inspired by the promise of a better tomorrow, finding hope in our community‚Äôs efforts to demonstrate shared values of respect, inclusion and service to others. Most of all, we can recommit ourselves to make a positive and meaningful impact on the world, together. As we reflect on the significance of this day, we find strength in the power of community — seeking knowledge, embracing freedom and choosing peace.


signature of President Dennis Assanis

Dennis Assanis

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