Anniversary of 9/11 to be recognized Friday

Kate Figlewski, Staff Reporter

This year marks 19 years since 9/11 and while Covid-19 prevents events from happening on campus, there are still ways to honor those who lost their lives.

Although there are no events being held due to the virus, people are encouraged to still take a moment of silence.

Beth Dunahee, coordinator at the EIU Military Student Assistance Center, said she looks forward to seeing how people participate in remembering the events of 9/11.

“We are not having a formal ceremony like we normally would due to Covid-19, but we are encouraging people to take a moment of silence tomorrow,” Dunahee said.

While the annual ceremony will not be taking place, the Office of Civic Engagement is hosting a challenge called #DoGoodFromHomeChallenge.

The social media challenge is an opportunity for people to remember and recognize the tragic events that took place on 9/11, while still social distancing and staying safe.

According to the Office of Civic Engagement’s Instagram page, there are several ways people can take part including:

· putting an American flag in your window

· wearing red, white and blue

· calling local state representatives who have served to say thanks

· recognizing relatives and friends who have served in the armed forces

To partake you can either tag their page in your post or simply use the hashtag #Remember9/11.

Dunahee said no matter how long it has been, it will always be important to remember the events that took place on this day.

“I think it is important to remember the significant events that happened and recognize people that sacrificed their lives”, Dunahee said.

 

Kate Figlewski can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]