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In the wake of tragedy, a community unites
The September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. have touched the lives of people all over the world, and Muhlenberg College is no exception.

'berg remembers'image 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 bergalum@muhlenberg.edu.

The following is an excerpt from President Arthur R. Taylor's remarks
to students on Friday Sept. 14:

I stand here today, looking out at the members of this community - so strong, so brave. This tragedy has touched all of us in many different ways and this attack on human freedom is something that will be felt by generations to come.
I am overcome with pride. Students, faculty, managers and friends of this College and this local community have bonded together and have heightened your love and your sense of loyalty to our free country.
And yet, patriotism is not enough to cure and ease our fears.; our fears for the future and for what tomorrow may bring.
Our fears are helped by trusting our nation's leaders to do what is best to protect our freedom, but we must also find comfort in something greater.
Whatever your spiritual beliefs may be, the message is the same - have faith. It can break through the face of fear.

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