Campus forgets Sept. 11

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Most Americans can remember exactly where they were on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Eleven years later, some people can go about their days without even realizing that 9/11 has come again.

Then, there are those that cannot forget; because their loved ones never came home after that morning; because they ran from the clouds of dust as the World Trade Centers collapsed into heaps of debris; because they selflessly put their lives on the line to volunteer at Ground Zero; because they knew someone in the towers, in the Pentagon, or on the planes.

These people will never forget.

The 11th anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone, but the Carnegie Mellon community did not stop, even for just a moment, to reflect on this tragedy.

My father was a volunteer at Ground Zero. I still live with the fear that he will develop cancer from the dust he inhaled while on site. My mother’s cousin worked next to the World Trade Center. She fled, terrified and covered in rubble, on that morning 11 years ago.
To this day, she cannot bring herself to return to New York City.

My best friend’s aunt was not as lucky. Neither was my neighbor or the father of my brother’s friend.

My experiences are not unique. So many people were affected by the tragedy of 9/11; so many people still feel the grief deep in their bones.

Had I known earlier that there were no events planned to commemorate 9/11, I would have taken it upon myself to organize a small candlelight vigil or some other appropriate memorial. But I thought that the Carnegie Mellon community would have some sort of memorial, as we’ve had in prior years.

While not everyone at Carnegie Mellon was personally affected by these tragedies, we still need to take the time to commemorate the victims and heroes of 9/11.

As a nation, we vowed to never forget. But I am saddened to see that Carnegie Mellon has already started. Next year, I hope that the campus can come together to remember 9/11.