In observance of 9/11, Misericordia University held the third annual 9/11 Constant Flag Carry Ceremony, where members of the campus community took turns carrying the United States flag around campus on Monday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event began with a remembrance service featuring prayers and readings from students Bailee Hymers, East Meredith, New York, and Emily Gurtizen, West Chester, and the singing of the national anthem by Jessica Pachuski, Kulpmont. A moment of silence was held at 8:46 a.m. to memorialize when the first of two terrorist planes hit into the World Trade Center in New York City killing more than 2,600 people.
Groups of participants and individuals took turns keeping the flag moving and carrying it in 15-minute intervals, beginning and ending at the Wells Fargo Amphitheater in the center of campus. More than 500 people participated, including members of the lacrosse, women's golf, swim, field hockey, baseball, basketball, cross country, softball and volleyball teams. A variety of student organizations also took part, including the Back Mountain EMS/Fire, Misericordia Cheer Team, Dance Ensemble, Veteran's Club, Misericordia University Student Occupational Therapy Association, National Student Speech Hearing Language Association, Townhouse representatives and a First Year Experience class. University departments that were also represented included the Nursing Department, Mission Office, Residence Life Office and Campus Ministry. Lindsey Riddell, community outreach coordinator at Misericordia University, organized the event.
Jim Ricardo, head coach of the men's lacrosse team at Misericordia University, hands the American flag to Samantha Miller, Coplay, Pa., a member of the cheer team, during the 9/11 Constant Flag Carry held on campus on Sept. 11. Groups of participants and individuals took turns keeping the flag moving and carrying it in 15-minute intervals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on campus in remembrance of those killed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Members of the Misericordia University Cheer Team were among the 500 people who participated in the Misericordia University 9/11 Constant Flag Carry. They are, from left, Samantha Miller, Coplay, Pa.; Emily Wenrich, Reading, Pa.; and Jackie McClintock, Hughesville, Pa.; Nicolette Bagoly, Reading, Pa.; Samantha Olcott, Monroe Township, N.J., and Kristin Robinson, Harleysville, Pa.