The University observance of the anniversary of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, will be held in Tercentenary Theatre at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 11. President Lawrence H. Summers will be the principal speaker.
All Harvard affiliates and friends of the University are invited to gather as Harvard, along with institutions and communities throughout the nation, marks the day on which terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania killed thousands.
The bell of the Memorial Church will be joined by other traditional calls to worship – including blasts on a shofar, or ram’s horn, and the call of a muezzin, a prayer leader – at the beginning of the proceedings.
Following introductory remarks by Swami Tyagananda, president of the United Ministry at Harvard, readings from a number of traditions will be offered by students from Harvard College. A musical setting of texts from various traditions, composed by Carson Cooman ’04, will be sung.
Following President Summers’ remarks, a period of silence will be punctuated by the tolling of the bell of the Memorial Church, Harvard’s traditional observance for the dead.
Questions regarding the University observance of Sept. 11 may be directed to the Memorial Church at (617) 495-5508.