George Mason Holds Sept. 11 Day of Remembrance

Posted: September 10, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

The Concert Hall will be the setting for “A Day of Remembrance: An Interfaith Gathering United for Peace” tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Fairfax County-supported Faith Communities in Action (FCIA) initiated the gathering, which will commemorate victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and call for peace. Representatives from faith communities from throughout the county and George Mason students, faculty, and staff members will conduct the ceremony, and the community is invited.

George Mason President Alan Merten, Student Government President Shirene Rasheed, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Katherine Hanley, and FCIA Chair Rev. Ronald Christian will jointly welcome attendees.

Rasheed says the Student Government was pleased to be invited to participate in the event. “It’s a time of togetherness and unity, and a call for moving forward, with representatives of all different faiths getting together,” she says. As a result of Student Government involvement in the planning, George Mason students will participate in many aspects of the program. The George Mason University Orchestra will play, the George Mason University Dance Company will perform, students will sing in the adult chorus, and student leaders will read a commemorative poem.

At the conclusion of the program, Student Government has arranged for a walk to the George Mason pond, where 184 candles-one for each victim at the Pentagon-will be lit and floated on the water.

As planned, the program will also include a presentation of various religions’ calls for prayer. A remembrance for those lost and injured on Sept. 11 will include a dance, a rendition of “America the Beautiful,” and a silent moment. Expressions for peace will involve representatives of at least seven different faith groups and students lighting a “unity candle.” Clergy will read short texts about unity and peace, and a litany for peace will be recited, with responses given in different languages. Fairfax County elementary and high school students will also sing.

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