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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001
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Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001
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Monday, Sept. 17, 2001
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Friday, Sept. 14, 2001
Military reservists get support
Thousands mourn at vigils
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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001
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Football game rescheduled
Gregory Hines postponed
Alumni Association mobilized
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Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001
Faculty are expert sources
Class discussions aid healing
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Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001
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Prayers at University Park
Message from President Spanier
Football game postponed
Penn State reacts
Blood drive overwhelmed
Statement by President Spanier
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President Graham B. Spanier's remarks
during noon vigil at Old Main mourning victims
of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.


Thank you all for joining us in the aftermath of this tragedy. We come together at this University from many different backgrounds, different faiths, different countries and different perspectives. However, today we are all united as one community bound together in remembrance. We come together to share our great loss and our sorrow. We are here today to display our compassion. And we are here in remembrance of those recently lost to us and our nation. We begin by asking all present to observe five minutes of silent reflection.

(At the end of the silence, Tony Leach led the Essence of Joy in singing "We Shall Overcome.)

I ask all those present to join Tony Leach and the Essence of Joy in the singing of "God Bless America."

(At the end of the song, President Spanier concluded his remarks.)

I want to thank the Penn State Trombone Choir, Essence of Joy and everyone in the Penn State community for participating in this observance. Please join us also for a candlelight vigil to be held here on the steps of Old Main at 7 p.m. tonight. I ask everyone to go in peace and to stand united in offering the utmost in compassion and understanding to all members of the University community. The bells of Old Main will now toll continuously until 1 o'clock in remembrance of each of the victims of our national tragedy.

photos of the event