Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel to host interfaith memorial service Monday, Oct. 8, to recognize the more than 40 SU and ESF community members who died or are missing following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel to host interfaith memorial service Monday, Oct. 8, to recognize the more than 40 SU and ESF community members who died or are missing following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacksOctober 05, 2001Kevin Morrowkdmorrow@syr.edu
An interfaith memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel to honor members of the Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) families who died or are listed as missing from the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
“This service is a time for the SU and ESF communities to gather and remember those close to us lost as a result of the tragic events of Sept. 11,” says the Rev. Thomas V. Wolfe, dean of Hendricks Chapel. “When we gather, we remember that we are like family to each other and we surround each other with love, support and a good measure of hope.”
To date, 17 SU alumni are known to have died at the three incident sites and another eight are missing. In addition, 12 SU students, one ESF student, one SU faculty member and two SU staff members have close relatives who died or are missing. During the service, the names of the victims will be read and a candle will be lit for each person. Those in attendance will also have an opportunity to announce the names of others they wish to be recognized.
As the service begins, Wolfe will give words of welcome, and SU Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw and ESF President Cornelius B. Murphy Jr. will speak.
The Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, under the direction of chemistry professor James Spencer, will perform a short selection, and SU Student Association President Ben Riemer will speak.
Following the reading of names and the lighting of candles, prayers will be offered by the Rev. Christine Day, SU Episcopal chaplain; Imam Ahmed Nezar Kobeisy of the Islamic Society of Central New York; and Rabbi Sheldon Ezring of Temple Society Concord.
The service will draw to a close with the singing of “Sheep May Safely Graze” by the members of the combined Syracuse University choirs, directed by G. Burton Harbison; the benediction, given by the Rev. Frederick (Fritz) P. Lampe of the Lutheran Campus Ministry; and an organ postlude, performed by Christopher Marks, University organist.
The event is expected to run about 45 minutes. It may also be seen via a live Webcast available at the SU home page (http://www.syracuse.edu/) and through a closed-circuit television feed to the 1916 Room of SU’s E.S. Bird Library.