GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 5, 2018) – On the seventeenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bob Jones University will commemorate the 2,977 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, with a display of American flags at the front of campus.
In addition, a replica of the World Trade Center Cross, one of the most recognizable symbols found in the wreckage of Ground Zero, will also be featured at the Wade Hampton entrance. The original steel girder, a 17 foot long crossbeam, became a source of hope to many in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. It is currently on display in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
“The effect of the horrific attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, can never be erased but the heroic acts by brave Americans have left an indelible stamp on our national consciousness,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “We seek to remind our students, most of whom were very young at the time, of the ultimate sacrifice made by those who have gone before them to secure their freedom.”
BJU students will set up the flags near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance to the campus. Each flag will represent one of the 2,977 victims—from 115 countries—who perished in the 2001 terrorist attacks. The students will begin assembling the display Thursday, Sept. 6, and it will remain in place through the morning of Thursday, Sept. 13.
On Thursday, Sept. 6, through Friday, Sept. 7, and on Monday, Sept. 10, through Thursday, Sept. 13, the public is invited to view a piece of steel girder from the North Tower of the World Trade Center in the lobby of the Welcome Center, located near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance to the campus. The lobby is open each weekday from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.