by Bob Geary
Sunday will mark 10 years since the deadly events of 9-11, Sept. 11, 2001. How many days in American history have had a greater impact on our sense of what America is, or should be, than 9-11? A few, perhaps. But not many. Does the United States matter, and if so, why? Are we confident? Afraid? Whatever your answers, there's no doubt that the last decade was a time of decline for the country and for the world. 9-11 is seared in our minds, as it must be. Ten years later, we bring those memories forward and look to the future.
Commemorative events are scheduled across the Triangle to help us find solace in tragedy. Here are some of them:
** In Raleigh, NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson will lead a 9-11 Memorial Service, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Bell Tower on Hillsborough Street at the northeast corner of the old campus.
** Earlier, and also in Raleigh, Mayor Charles Meeker will join Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy for a Peace and Solidarity event, including a walk to downtown Raleigh from the Long Acres neighborhood. Start time is 8:30 a.m. The address is 515 Parnell Drive, the location of a house built by co-sponsor Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.
** In Durham, Duke University invites the community to a commemoration concert beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday in Duke Chapel. Rodney Wynkoop will conduct the Duke Chapel Choir, the Duke Chorale, the Choral Society of Durham, and the Orchestra Pro Cantores in a performance of Mozart's Requiem. The music is symbolic of mourning and consolation.
** In Chapel Hill, the Fire Department, Police Department and the Chapel Hill Firefighters Association will host a commemoration ceremony, including a ringing of bells, from 9:45-10:30 a.m. at “The Fire Place”, 301 Meadowmont Village.
Also on Sunday, panels at UNC-CH and NCSU will consider the impact of 9-11 on our politics, culture and sense of national security. The taalks and panel discussions — free and open to the public — are the work of the Triangle Institute of Security Studies and the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.
** At the UNC FedEx Global Education Center, Arif Alikhan, former assistant secretary for policy development in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will speak beginning at 5 p.m. A panel discussion will follow, including UNC and Duke experts and a representative from the Islamic Association of Raleigh.
** At NCSU, at 2 p.m. in the Brown Room (4114) of NC State’s Talley Student Center, faculty from UNC, NC State and Duke will participate in another panel discussion, “How Did 9/11 Impact the National Security Establishment?” The center is at 2610 Cates Ave; parking is available nearby in the Reynolds Coliseum deck.
Details of the UNC and NCSU events can be found here.
For other events at Duke, visit http://today.duke.edu/2011/08/911roundup.