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Campbellsville University Athletics
Contact: Chris Megginson Cell: 270-403-1503
By Chris Megginson / Campbellsville University Sports Information
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville University will host a special observance this Saturday evening for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. The special event will be Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6:45 p.m. ET prior to kick off of the university’s Mid-South Conference cross-divisional football game against No. 18 Cumberland University (Tenn.) at Finley Stadium’s HIG Field.
During the observation, a number of emergency personnel, military and elected officials will gather at the 50-yard line for recognition, followed by a moment of silence and invocation. The CU Tiger Marching Band will conclude the ceremony with the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” as our nation’s colors are presented by The American Legion Post 82 Color Guard.
Active members and veterans of our military armed services units as well as local law enforcement and emergency personnel are encouraged to attend and take advantage of free admission to the game. To be admitted free, you must be in uniform or present proper identification.
Special guests for the evening will be Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, Officer Andy Warren of the Campbellsville Police Department, Chief George Wilson of Taylor County Fire and Rescue (also representing Campbellsville Fire and Rescue in the absence of Chief A.J. Johnson), Sheriff Allen Newton of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Major Mike Curnutte of Campbellsville/Taylor County Emergency Medical Services, Dispatch Supervisor Anne Sanders of Campbellsville/Taylor County E911, Director Jason Rector of Taylor County Constables, Sgt. Jeremy Johnson and Trooper Justin Phillips of the Kentucky State Police Post 15 in Columbia, Post Commander Phil Davis of American Legion Post 82, Sgt. 1st Class Robbie Rogers of the Kentucky Army National Guard and Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney, who assisted with forensics work in New York City following the attacks 10 years ago.
“All of us at Campbellsville University want to pause and remember the events of September 11, 2001 when our nation was attacked by terrorists resulting in the loss of around 3,000 lives. We honor those ‘first responders’ who responded that day, and in the following days, with such compassion and commitment without concern for their own safety and health,” said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University.
“In addition, we want to honor those who have served in our nation’s military in defense of our freedom and liberty that we so often take for granted as Americans. It is a tribute to these many men and women that we also recognize, on this occasion, those in our own community who serve, day after day, in law enforcement and emergency services as well as the military. May we never forget these great Americans including those who are serving right here in our community and region.”
Saturday’s observance is the first of two by Campbellsville University. On Monday, Sept. 12, CU’s Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy (KHIPP) will host a panel discussion on “9/11/01 ¬Ten Years Later” at 5 p.m. in Campbellsville University’s Banquet Hall, located in the Badgett Academic Support Center at 110 University Drive, Campbellsville.
The event is free and open to the public.
“9/11/01 Ten Years Later” will focus entirely on 9/11, looking at the event itself, the fallout from the disaster and what the United States government has done since that day to protect the United States from another large-scale attack.
The panel will focus on Homeland Security, terrorism, intelligence and how the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 have changed America. Scheduled to serve on the panel are Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of Washington, D.C., author of the recent book, Bin Laden’s Legacy, and who is considered one of the rising experts in the terrorism field; FBI Special Agent Darrin Turpin, who worked at the FBI Office in New York on 9/11/01; and Max Wise, assistant professor of political science at CU.