Hundreds of students took part in a candlelight vigil in front of the Arnold Bernhard Library on Sept. 11, to remember the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Quinnipiac student and event organizer Diane Russo addressed the crowd, saying, “Today, we gather to remember a great tragedy suffered by this nation.”
Russo, a senior health science major from Staten Island, played an audio recording of President George W. Bush from four years ago where he expressed his condolences to the families of the attacks and declared that the United States would prevail over terrorism. She also read from the Bal Shem Tov.
Father Jonathan Kalisch, Quinnipiac’s Catholic chaplain, read an excerpt from The Book of Wisdom and said that God comforts every person who seeks him. Kalisch then prayed, asking that God comfort “all who mourn, all who lost loved ones on that tragic day.”
Suesan Ziegler, a sophomore business advertising major, prayed the Kaddish.
This year’s vigil was the second year of a student-produced public remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Russo said, who organized the vigil last year out of a desire that people never forget the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.