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TRINITY REMEMBERS 9/11

The Trinity community held two observances to commemorate the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

More than 1000 Trinity students, faculty, staff, and neighbors filled the Ozinga Chapel in the morning for a service of remembrance. The audience viewed a video of the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, followed by the concert choir's performance of Lacrymosa, one movement from Mozart's Requiem, as part of the "Rolling Requiem" sung by choirs worldwide. 
 
Freshman Lara Van Der Ploeg, Frankfort, Ill., read a poem titled "Rubble," a first-person account of the devastation and chaos that covered the New York streets.

"That was a really powerful and sobering reflection," said Dawn Leo, a junior from Sheboygan, Wis. "It made me feel like I had lost a loved one."

The congregation sang "When Life Becomes A Nightmare," a hymn written in response to the attacks, followed by a reading by junior Abe Peterson, Willmar, Minn., titled"Will I Remember," a reminder to hold on to the memories of the tragedy. Images of the aftermath were shown, mixed with photos of the prayer vigil and services held at Trinity last year.

Rev. Tim Hoekstra, the College chaplain, read verses from Psalm 34 and Psalm 46 before offering a prayer of thanksgiving and a plea for peace.

Wednesday evening, more than 300 students filled the Commons for a candlelight service. Beginning at 9:11 p.m., candles illuminated the heart of the College's campus as the students prayed, sang hymns, read Scripture, and offered words of encouragement.

During the ceremony, which was organized by the student association executive committee, junior Linsey Jones (Batavia, Ill.) sang God Bless America and senior Chad Meeuwse (Ripon, Calif.) sang Let Your Glory Fall. Student Association President Ryan Wynia, a junior from Sioux Center, Iowa, gave remarks of hope and peace:

"As young Americans living in our country, most of us have enjoyed freedom to play, to work, to worship, and to attend a Christian institution," Wynia said. "Let us not take our freedom for granted, for we are called to be Christian citizens-to act with integrity, commitment, courage, and faith. Though one million buildings may fall to the ground, we know that our one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord."

The group then sang Our God Reigns before departing.

"Looking back one year later gives a better appreciation for the events of 9/11," said Brent Van Til, a junior from South Holland, Ill. "It was good for us to take this time to remember."

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