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Remembering 9/11

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Jeremy Haefner

Letter  •

Dear DU community members, 

Today marks twenty years since the attacks on September 11, 2001—acts which made an indelible mark on our country and the world. It is a difficult memory and a somber anniversary. Many lives were lost that day and, in direct response to the attacks, many more have been lost in the twenty years since—all victims of violence rippling through generations. Some of our community members were not yet born on 9/11, but they know its impact and the unimaginable grief, anger and loss Americans and so many across the world felt as we witnessed the unthinkable.  

And yet, on that dark day and since, goodness and bravery shine through. Just as they do today, courageous first responders risked their lives to save others. Our communities came together when we needed each other most, offering support and safe places to grieve. And, over the past two decades, our armed forces—so many incredible men and women—put their lives on the line in service of this country and all that we enjoy and hold dear.  

We cannot forget 9/11. Most importantly, we will not forget those lost that day and in the decades-long conflict it spurred. Today, DU will toll our bells 20 times at 6:46 a.m. (MT), marking the time when the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City (8:46 a.m. ET). It is a Saturday—a quiet day on campus—but please, even during your busy weekends, take time to pause, reflect and give thanks to all those who sacrificed for others.  


Jeremy Haefner