On Sunday night, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m., in the USD Campus� Danforth Chapel, students and local leaders will gather to commemorate the attacks of 9-11-2001 on its 10-year anniversary.
Thomas Karl Emmanuel, a senior political science/German double major at USD and head of the Secular Student Alliance, wanted to hold the vigil to remember the event and to join together in praying for peace in the world.
�War tears people, families, communities, nations apart,� said Emmanuel. �Of course our witness will not bring an end to war; but it may help us overcome that separation between the living and the dead, between so-called friend and so-called foe, between soldier and civilian � and reaffirm that we are all human, and we are all are committed to the same goal of peace.�
The prayer vigil begins at 8 p.m. with an interfaith service of song and silent meditation and chances for lighting candles of remembrance. Music will be led by the Taize singers, a dedicated group of musicians and instrumentalists. Jimmy Bloomquist, a junior in the School of Music and the group's lead guitarist, says he is looking forward to starting the semester of Taize prayers (they hold a prayer every Sunday night at 8 p.m. in Danforth Chapel) with such an important witness to peace. �Music is the best way to imagine peace,� he said.
Event organizers include the Wesley Campus Ministry (WCM), the campus ministries of Vermillion�s United Church of Christ and St. Paul�s Episcopal Church. The USD Campus Vets group will be attending as well.
Paul Lint, pastor for WCM said, �There�s enough brokenness in this world. It�s nice to see students get together to seek peace.�
Rev. Rita Powell, of St. Paul�s was an eye-witness to the attacks of 9-11 and says the event has special meaning for her.
�Seeing the towers fall was a defining moment in my life � I understood that religion had better get serious about peace. This vigil is the right way to honor the memories of those who died on 9-11: by imagining a world without that kind of violence.�