D.C. groups, GW commemorate Sept. 11

On the five-year anniversary of Sept. 11, there are many memorial events on campus and around the District today to commemorate the tragedy and discuss the impact of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

Moment of silence

The University will observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the World Trade Center. GW’s carillon bells will toll from 8:46 to 8:47.

“Day of Peace and Reconciliation and Remembrance”

The MK Gandhi Institute of Nonviolence is hosting a gathering at the Lincoln Memorial from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., as part of its day-long programming. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, is a confirmed speaker at the event.

Prayer Vigil

The Washington National Cathedral is holding worship, prayer and guided meditation sessions, with a labyrinth walk through the nave of the Cathedral at 3 p.m.

“Festival Democracy”

Camp Democracy, a non-partisan group focused on peace, is holding an all-day festival with workshops, speakers and entertainment on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th streets.

Pentagon lights

The U.S. Department of Defense will illuminate the sky with 184 white memorial lights at the Pentagon from dusk to dawn tonight to commemorate the number of lives lost at the Pentagon.

The Kalb Report

Journalist Marvin Kalb and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will discuss the role of Sept. 11 and other large-scale tragedies in a historical perspective at 8 p.m. The event, part of an ongoing series sponsored by GW, will take place at the National Press Club at 529 14th St., right near Metro Center.

Candlelight vigil

The Student Association and the Program Board are holding a memorial in University Yard at 8 p.m. The candlelight vigil will honor all the victims of Sept. 11, including nine GW alumni who died in the attacks. University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg will speak at the event.

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