Remembering 9/11

— By Shannon Genereau,

Cardinal Staff —

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota campus took time on Friday, Sept. 11 to gather in prayer for the victims of 9/11. This year marks the 14th anniversary of the attack.

Students and staff alike gathered around the Peace Pole near Saint Thomas More Chapel at 12:40 on Friday afternoon to say peace prayers. The prayers were led by Eric Doyle.


Peace Prayer for 9/11

Students, staff and faculty prayed for peace on 9/11.
Photo by Shannon Genereau

“My brother started this when he was a freshman, and we’ve been doing it ever since then,” said Doyle.

A senior this year, this was the seventh year of the ceremony, and Doyle’s last time running the event. He voiced hope that Campus Ministry would continue the tradition.

“The victims of 9/11 should never be forgotten,” said Doyle.

American flags were pushed in the ground to form a star around the Peace Pole, a cross, and the date of 9/11. Flags were also handed out to any prayer attendees. After the prayers were completed, Doyle informed the group of their significance.

“These flags are here to represent the victims of 9/11. There are nearly 3,000 of them.”



Nearly 3,000 flags represent the victims of 9/11.
Photo by Shannon Genereau

The flags were donated to Campus Ministry by Doyle. Attendees were encouraged to add their flags to the cross before leaving. Afterward, the crowd dispersed quietly as everyone remembered that tragic day fourteen years ago.

Author: The Cardinal

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