Sept. 10, 2003 – The territory joins the nation and the world on Thursday in observance of the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and aboard a plane that crashed near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In some instances, the emphasis will be on commemorating the loss of thousands of lives, including those of friends and family members of Virgin Islanders. In other cases, the focus will be on terrorism, which has become a household word in the two years since the attacks.
At 8:30 a.m., the American Legion and the Office of Veterans Affairs will observe Patriots Day with a ceremony at Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas.
At noon, a similar program will take place at the Myron G. Danielson Post 85 American Legion Hall in Christiansted on St. Croix.
Church bells will ring throughout the territory at 8:45 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:43 a.m. and 10 a.m. in recognition of the moments when the four hijacked commercial passenger planes crashed — first American Airlines Flight 11 into the WTC North Tower, then United Flight 175 into the South Tower, then American Flight 77 into the Pentagon and, finally, United Flight 93 into an open field in Somerset County, southeast of Pittsburgh.
At 12:30 p.m., the University of the Virgin Islands will host a public forum on "The Day the World Changed: 9/11 in Perspective." The program will take place on both the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses via teleconferencing.
Speaking at the forum will be:
– Police Commissioner Elton Lewis, who recently attended a conference in Barbados that focused on developing a Caribbean response to terrorism.
– Malik Sekou, UVI history and political science faculty member, who will speak on the political impact of the Sept. 11 attacks.
– Patricia Rhymer Todman, UVI professor of psychology, who will address the socio-psychological impact.
– Simon Jones-Hendrickson, UVI professor of economics, who will examine the economic impact.
The public is invited to attend the forum — in Chase Auditorium (Room 110 of the Business Education Building) on the St. Thomas campus, and in the Melvin Evans Center theater (Room 401) on the St. Croix campus.
On Wednesday, Finance Commissioner Bernice Turnbull in her capacity as acting governor proclaimed Thursday as a Day of Remembrance in the territory in honor of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks and also of "American military personnel and their allies who have died in the worldwide battle against terrorism."
Turnbull, who is serving as chief executive while Gov. Charles W. Turnbull and Lt. Gov. Vargrave Richards are in Washington, D.C., this week, asked Virgin Islanders to take part in the observances scheduled for the day.
"We must stand united as a nation, committed to wiping out terrorism and those who plot the murders of innocent civilians and destruction of property throughout the world," the acting governor said in a Government House release. "We must remain steadfast and committed to supporting the men and women of our armed forces who go in harm's way to preserve and protect freedom and democracy throughout the world."

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