The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 resulted in the deaths of 2,752 people. A student-led effort at the University of Arkansas organized memorial events, called Razorbacks Remember, commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Two-thousand seven-hundred and fifty-two flags were placed on the Central Quad, one for each of the victims, as part of the memorial.
One of the victims especially brought that tragic day and horrific events home to the University of Arkansas community. According to the University of Arkansas
, "For another member of the campus community, alumna Sara Elizabeth Low, the events of that day ended her life. Low, who grew up in Batesville and earned business degrees at the University of Arkansas, was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, the plane that crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center."
As students worked on the 9/11 memorial on Monday, one person sat by herself and watched the students place a flag for Sara. According to NWAHomepage.com
, Alyson Low, Sara's sister, said, "I'm getting emotional just now. It's very personal, because she was a graduate of the university and she and I roomed together up here. She'd be really proud of her campus. She'd be proud of her alma mater."
Matthew Seubert, a junior political science and economics major and member of the University of Arkansas Honors College, helped organize the memorial. Seubert was quoted as saying, "It's an honor to be a part of making a tribute to her memory, as well as the memory of all those who died that day. One more life. One more life that was taken away by violence."
Seubert also commented on the overwhelmingly positive response to efforts to make the memorial events happen. "People got engaged and it just got bigger and bigger. I think it's a testament to how much it's meant to people," Seubert said. "Whether its been knowing someone in your community, your family, a classmate who has been sent to war in Iraq or Afghanistan, or just the debate about what it means to be secure in a post 9/11 world, that's really come to define the formative years of folks in my age group."
A week of events honoring 9/11 victims, including the placement of flags, blood drives, and fundraising drives for funds to purchase and install a new flagpole on the lawn of Old Main, will culminate "on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 6:40 p.m. with a candlelight vigil, a flagpole dedication on the lawn of Old Main and an address by Chancellor G. David Gearhart, looking out across the Old Main lawn to a maple tree that was planted in 2002 in memory of Sara Low."
It was a sombering sight to see the flags placed in the grassy areas between the Arkansas Union and the Mullins Library. They seemed to go on forever.
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