PhilaU to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Sept. 11 Attacks with Memorial and Service Opportunities

The Philadelphia University community will participate in several service initiatives and memorial events to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, anniversary and remember those who were impacted by the terrorist attacks 10 years ago.

Projects span from Thursday, Sept. 8 to Tuesday, Sept. 13, and include memorial activities and opportunities support local charities. Opportunities include:

Community Commemoration Project
12:15 to 2:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8 and/or Tuesday, Sept. 13
Ted’s Gallery, The Kanbar Campus Center
Stop by the tables outside Ted’s to participate in a communal project of remembrance and reflection.
The project is sponsored by Spiritual Development. For more information, contact Student Development at 215.951.2634. 

Community Service Project:  Feeding the Hungry
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11
Meet in Mott Circle (event will end around 1 p.m.)
Volunteers will help box food for seniors in the Philadelphia Community through the Jewish Relief Agency.  Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, and transportation will be provided.
To sign up, click here.
The service activity is sponsored by Community Service Programs. For more information, contact Student Development at 215.951.2634.

Film for Thought:  “Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience”
5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11
Ravenhill Mansion, Room 11
Join the Office for Spiritual Development for free pizza and a screening and a discussion of this hour-long documentary that highlights transcendent and previously untold stories of courage, survival and remembrance. The dramatic testimonials of U.S. leaders, firefighters, flight attendants, veterans, family members and, for the first time, survivors who miraculously escaped from above the impact zone of World Trade Center Tower Two powerfully convey the traumas they experienced, the losses they shouldered, and the resolve and support that sustained them over the past decade.  “Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience” is a presentation of TIME in association with HBO.
The event is sponsored by Spiritual Development.  For more information, contact Student Development at 215.951.2634.

Join the 9/11 Tribute Movement
Beginning in 2002, support groups and family members who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks began to seek a forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and pay tribute to those who rose in service in response to the tragedy. By encouraging Americans to participate in service and remembrance activities on the Sept. 11 anniversary, family members wanted to provide a productive and respectful way to honor those who perished and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that swept our nation after Sept. 11 to help meet the challenges we face today.  Because of their efforts to build support for this idea, Sept. 11 has been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009, and is consistent with President’s overall call to service, United We Serve. For more information, go to

For more information on any of the service projects or memorial activities, contact Student Development at 215.951.2634.

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