Names read, flags placed in memoriam
By Lorie Hailey
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2012) — The University of Kentucky Army and Air Force ROTC hosted a vigil Tuesday on the lawn in front of the Main Building to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Each year, the vigil begins at the same time the first plane struck the first tower, 8:42 a.m. Members of the Army and Air Force ROTC student group, the Pershing Rifles, read the names of each of the 9/11 victims throughout the day. The event usually lasts until approximately 4 p.m.
The students also placed a flag in the lawn for each individual victim of the attacks.
Gov. Steve Beshear encouraged all Kentuckians to remember the 9/11 victims and to honor their memories by lowering flags Tuesday.
“Sept. 11, 2001, was one of the darkest days in our country’s history,” he said. “Nearly 3,000 Americans died that day, and even though years have passed, the pain will never be fully erased. I call on all Kentuckians to remember and honor these Americans and their families on 9/11.”
The governor also requested that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday.