University of Notre Dame holds prayer ceremony in honor of 9/11

NOW: University of Notre Dame holds prayer ceremony in honor of 9/11

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Today is a day of remembrance across the nation, and of course, at the University of Notre Dame. The University held a prayer service to show respect to those who lost their lives 20 years ago on September 11th, 2001.  

At 8:46 exactly, a minute of pure silence spread across the crowd on campus, all in reverence of the exact time the first plane was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 2001. Just to the right, 3,000 flags were placed in the ground to represent the lives lost.

Following the moment of silence, Notre Dame’s RVD. Malloy spoke to the crowd, just as he did on this day in the same spot 20 years ago. He spoke of that tragic moment when the University and city then came together, similarly to this morning’s ceremony.

It was a crowd full of people from the city, officers, students and even alumni such as Margee Higgins, who was a sophomore in 2001.

“Sitting in my dorm I was in Farley Hall, turn on the TV turn on the TV everyone said. As we watched it live on TV we didn't know what to do. What do you do. You are far away from your family you are far away your friends and your home. And monk Malloy said we are having a prayer service. And not only did the whole campus come but the entire city. For them to set up a prayer service in just a few hours for over 10 thousand people was one of the most memorable moments of my life,” says Higgens.

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