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University of Houston honors World Trade Center attacks with Remembering 9/11

By Sara Samora September 10, 2015

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In many ways, it’s hard to believe that it’s already been 14 years since the World Trade Center towers fell in New York City. Many remember the haunting images of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashing into the sides of the monumental buildings and of Flight 77 hitting the Pentagon in DC. The day rocked the world and brought America to its knees.

These memories and more like them will be honored at University of Houston’s Remembering 9/11, an all-day commemoration of that tragic moment in our nation’s history. The event includes a photo exhibit stationed in the Student Center Theater, a ceremony held by leaders of the UH community, a showing of the Oscar-nominated feature film United 93 in the evening, and a special panel discussion featuring Major General Barrye Price, an alum of the university’s business school, and first responders who visited ground zero.

One of those first responders taking the podium, Mark Wiltshire, was present at both attacks on the Twin Towers—the first, a bombing in 1993 and then the events on 9/11. UH Veteran Services Director Celina Dugas feels that Wiltshire will be able to offer a very distinct perspective of what it was like being present at both attacks.

“I can't even begin to know what he went through, but he is coming to share with us the impact not only on him, but his family,” she said. “As I walked through campus today to asked students to share some of their memories, I was struck by a student that said, ‘I was young, I have never felt fear over it. I don't think it impacted us at all like it did others.’ I thought, ‘Wow! This is why these panelists need to share their experiences.’”

Remembering 9/11. Friday, Sep. 11. 8. Free. Student Center Theater, University of Houston, 4455 University Dr. uh.edu/remembering911.

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