As part of Missouri Patriot Day, Westminster College and America's National Churchill Museum will hold a Ceremony of Remembrance at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury.
The ceremony will honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the nearly 3,000 lives lost during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington and United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, PA.
During the event, the church's bells will ring at 8:46 a.m., the time when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower. Donald P. Lofe, Jr., Westminster's President and Chief Transformation Officer, will speak at the event. He was working in Midtown Manhattan on the day of the attacks.
"As the terrible events unfolded, my colleagues and I watched in utter disbelief from afar," Lofe said. "I feel strongly we should honor and remember all of the people lost that day, including the first responders and so many others who put their lives in jeopardy to save others."
Additional ceremony participants will include Timothy Riley, the Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator of America's National Churchill Museum; Rev. Kiva Nice-Webb, Westminster's Chaplain and Director of the Center for Faith and Service; City of Fulton Fire Chief Kevin Coffelt and the Fulton Fire Department; and members of the College's ROTC program.
At noon today, there will be a panel of Westminster faculty that will conduct an "Understanding 9/11: 20 Years Later" discussion.
Other 9/11 commemorative activities will include a display on the Hill and at the Museum of small flags placed in the ground by Westminster's chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom.
All events honoring those who lost their lives will begin at dusk this evening at the base of the Columns on the Hill, when the college will switch on two beams of white light pointing upward, a nod to New York's Tribute in Light. The middle two columns will be lit in Blue Jay blue.
The event will take place via Westminster's Facebook and livestream pages, the livestream page of America's National Churchill Museum and in person for up to 75 masked, socially distanced individuals.