Point Park Honors Program to hold Sept. 11 vigil on Sept. 15

Written By Matt Petras, Co-News Editor

Four days after the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Point Park’s Honors Student Organization (HSO) will hold a vigil in remembrance of the attack on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The vigil will be held after a special event hosted by Point Park’s School of Communication.

The event is called “Fifteen Years On: Journalists Reflect on 9/11 Coverage” and will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday. Associated Press photographer Richard Drew will discuss his world renowned “Falling Man” pictures taken on Sept. 11, 2001.

Local reporters Sheldon Ingram of WTAE-TV and Steve Mellon of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will be present for a panel after Drew’s presentation. After the panel ends at 8 p.m., the vigil, hosted by the HSO will take place in Village Park.

Parker Werns and Tyler Dague, graduate assistants with the Honors Program are organizing the vigil together.

“It’s something I thought should be done right and get the attention it deserves,” Werns said.

Despite new staff organizing the vigil, the event is set to operate like similar events that have been held in the past. Werns will open the event with a brief introduction, but after that the focus will be on prayers and hymns, which will be non-denominational, according to Werns. Honors students with prior worship experience will lead the group in prayer and music. Candles will also be handed out to students to hold during the vigil.

“It will be very open for anyone who wants to attend,” Werns said.

Last year, The Honors Program’s 9/11 vigil was held on Sept. 10.

“I thought it was a really nice way to commemorate 9/11,” sophomore dance major and honors mentor Taylor Eriksen said of last year’s event. She complimented the welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.

“We prayed together in our own ways,” Eriksen said.

The Honors Program decided on Thursday instead of a date closer to the anniversary to coincide with the speakers coming to campus, according to HSO president, Nicolette Jones.

“I think it’s important to do no matter what day it is,” Eriksen said.