CofC president remembers September 11
Charleston College President Andrew T. Hsu shared the following message to the campus community on Friday, September 10, 2021, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of September 11:
Dear university community,
Tomorrow is the 20e anniversary of the September 11 attacks. As a campus community, we take this time to remember and honor those who passed away and those directly affected by the events of that fateful day and its aftermath.
I was teaching engineering in Indianapolis on this Tuesday in 2001. I remember looking at the horrific images on the television screen and the feelings of confusion, anger and uncertainty: what will happen next?
Many members of our university community may not have been born or were just young children at the time, but September 11 certainly shaped their lives, both in ways big and small.
EventEvents such as September 11 should serve as times so that we do not feel alone or apart. On the contrary, we should recognize and appreciate the comfort and power of our neighbors and fellow citizens.
In this spirit of solidarity, later today at 4:00 p.m. in the Cistern Yard, the College’s Veterans Student Organization will hold a vigil on 9/11 and Afghanistan 13 to honor those who lost. life. I urge you to join this event or find a personal moment on Saturday to reflect on September 11 and its impact on our nation and the world.
I hope the lessons we have learned and will continue to learn, especially in the midst of the pandemic, are that we, as a nation of diverse people from diverse backgrounds, can dust ourselves off, pick up the pieces and come back. strongest of all tragedy. Because, in our unity, we are always stronger together.
Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.