Columbia remembers 9/11 on Patriot Day

Monday, September 10, 2012 | 5:39 p.m. CDT; updated 8:50 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 10, 2012
Wayne Garrett, left, and Kenny Ridgway, MU Campus Facilities workers, help their colleagues put up a 153 square foot American flag between the MU Columns on Monday at Francis Quadrangle. Three flags have been put up for the Patriot Day Barbecue which will be taking place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11. "It is kind of a thank you to MU veterans," said Donna Puleo, director of university events.

COLUMBIA — Tuesday is the 11th anniversary of September 11. Various events around Columbia will honor victims of the attack:

  • Mid-Missouri Peaceworks is one sponsor for "No More Victims: A Memorial"  at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Boone County Courthouse. There will be a candlelight commemoration, music, speakers and a silent reflection. 
  • All state and government offices in Boone County will have their flags flown at half-staff. President Barack Obama requested this in a proclamation that also declared Sept. 11, 2012 to be Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. 
  • MU Chancellor Brady J. Deaton will host a Patriot Day Barbecue on Francis Quadrangle from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for Mizzou's faculty, staff and student military veterans and their immediate family members.
  • Herbert Williams American Legion Post 202 will be holding a memorial service from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. At the time of each event that took place on 9/11, a brief paragraph will be read out loud and taps will be played. 

  • Columbia College Republicans will participate in the nationwide "9/11: Never Forget" project through the Young America's Foundation. They will place 2,977 flags on their campus — one for every person killed by the attacks. The flags will be on the campus lawn until Sept. 17. 
  • Columbia Independent School will place 2,977 flags on the east lawn of the school. National Honor Society members will be accepting donations for the Families of Freedom Program, a scholarship fund for families effected by the attacks. The donations will be open until Sept. 12.
  • West Junior High School will have a moment of silence at 8 a.m.

For more information about the attacks, including a guide for parents on how to talk to their children about 9/11, the Columbia Missourian reviewed coverage from previous years.

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