In the wake of tragedy, a community unites
Indeed, on campus the days following the assault were difficult, but our counselors, religious leaders, faculty and professional staff were on call 24/7 and did yeoman work with our students. President Arthur R. Taylor led prayer services around the flagpole twice that week and there were also moving ceremonies, religious services and discussion groups in the days that followed.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, there was a 12:30 p.m. ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance plus religious services at 4:30 p.m. (Hillel) and 10:30 p.m. (Roman Catholic). An all-campus ecumenical service was held at 9 p.m. around the flagpole. On Friday, Sept. 14, there was an all-campus prayer service at 3 p.m. on the College green. This was a candlelight ceremony, which closed with the playing of taps.
At this point, we believe that there were a total of 55 alumni who worked in and around the World Trade Center. As we hear from alumni who are safe, we are gathering names. We are listing these on the College Web site (www.muhlenberg.edu). If you have spoken with or received an e-mail from an alum and can confirm his or her safety, please send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is an excerpt from President Arthur R. Taylor's remarks