The campus of Anderson University will have several opportunities for reflection on Thursday, Sept. 11. During the day, the university will open Miller Chapel in the School of Theology for students, faculty and staff to gather for prayer. Later that same day AU is invited to join the 9/11 Remembrance Coalition of Madison County during a special tribute and memorial program “9/11: Heroes One and All” at 6 p.m. in the Wigwam facility in Anderson. The evening program will bring together Christian recording artist Sandi Patty, Congressman Mike Pence, AU President Dr. James Edwards and Anderson Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Long to name a few. In addition, there will be highlights throughout the evening to honor local and national people of character, as well as moments of reflection on the effect of September 11, 2001 and the ongoing conflict in Iraq.
The evening’s agenda will not only remember those who lost their lives during the 9/11 tragedy of 2001, but will also honor our local and national everyday heroes. The program is being sponsored by a community-wide effort of groups such as the Anderson Ministerial Association, Anderson University, The City of Anderson, Anderson Community Schools, Center for Character Development, Character Counts! of Anderson, area County School Corporations, area City and County Police, Fire and Emergency Management Departments, and local veterans’ groups. The program is also part of the special recognition of National American Character Week, which has been recognized and proclaimed locally from Sept. 6 through 17.
Sandi Patty, several area school choirs, and other special guests, will provide music. All City and County police officers, firefighters, emergency management personnel and veterans will be honored during the program. Backyard Broadcasting Radio Group’s WERK 101.7 FM and WHBU 1240 AM will be on hand to broadcast the program live.
The evening is free and open to the public; however, canned food donations will be accepted to benefit local food banks. The first 2,500 persons will receive a free small pen light to be used during the program and the first 5,000 persons will receive a small American flag. There will be heightened security with random bag checks and all visitors should enter the west doors of the Wigwam.