Seventeen years ago, on September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was destroyed during a terrorist attack that permanently altered the history of America, her security and her people.
This year, Fairfield University commemorated the events by holding both a candlelight vigil at the Stag Statue as well as a memorial mass at Egan Chapel.
The memorial mass brought members of the community and students alike together to recall those who perished during the attack. Fairfield alumni participated in reading scriptures, and a poem was also read in remembrance of the fateful day that is seared into the minds of many. A moment of silence was held for the friends and family of Fairfield University who lost loved ones. A large poster was placed with candles near the altar with photos and names of all the University alumni who lost their lives. The mass closed with the singing of the Irish Blessing as the entire congregation sang,
“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
Held at the Stag statue at 6 p.m., students gathered to light candles and participate in a moment of silence for the fallen. Students were welcome to stay for as long as they wanted to remember those lost. The event received a sizable turnout as students took turns lighting candles in silence. Many were spotted hugging each other in support.
The Mirror remembers the 14 Fairfield University alumni who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Michael R. Andrews ’89
Jonathan N. Cappello ’00
Christopher J. Dunne ’95
Steven M. Hagis ’91
H. Joseph Heller ’86
Michael G. Jacobs ’69
Michael P. Lunden ’86
Francis N. McGuinn ’74
Patrick J. McGuire ’82
William E. Micciulli ’93
Marc A. Murolo ’95
Christopher T. Orgielewicz ’87
Johanna L. Sigmund ’98
Christopher P. Slattery ’92