ROTC members present the colors at the campus memorial “Remembering 9/11.” EMMILIE BUCHANAN | Scroll Photography

To remember over 10,000 lives that were lost on 9/11, the Veteran’s Association partnered with the ROTC to create a memorial at the Amphitheater on Tuesday morning.
The event, “Remembering 9/11” was held in commemoration of the terrorist attacks of 11 years ago.
The ROTC set 530 flags at the Amphitheater each representing 20 lives lost in the initial attack and in the following conflict.
Some students may feel a personal connection with the events that preceded the 9/11 attack for a variety of reasons.
Students like Michael Brawner, a senior studying political science, have volunteered their own time and talents to serve in the Army.
Brawner served in one year of active duty in Iraq.
“I feel very appreciative that people choose to remember what happened on Sept. 11 and what happened as a result,” said Brawner.
Brawner said many students approach him to offer their appreciation for his military service.
“Those who have not had a relation serve [in the military] want to show their respects and this is a way they can do that,” he said.
Brawner said remembering what happened on 9/11 and the subsequent conflict is essential.
“It serves as a vital lesson and helps us appreciate our freedom,” said Brawner. “We are always under threat.”
Brawner said he felt it was important to be grateful for the liberties and freedoms we have in the United States.
“We need to respect those who didn’t return home to their families for their service,” he said.
Brawner, as well as other student veterans participated in the memorial services.
A moment of silence was held in memory of all the men and women who lost their lives 11 years ago.

Check out Scroll Digital’s coverage of the memorial right here. And stay tuned for a Lifestyle piece on student’s reaction to the memorial.