Penn State has draped a large American flag over the pillars at Old Main this week, to honor the victims and heroes of the 9/11 attacks that happened 20 years ago.
With the Penn State football home opener scheduled for 9/11/2021, the American flag tribute will certainly be a welcome sight to the thousands of alumni and fans returning to State College this weekend.
Penn State unfurled a similar flag right after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
Penn State Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford was quoted as saying “Upon the 20th commemoration this year of Sept. 11, we will be mourning victims, recognizing first responders and other heroes, families, and friends, and reflecting on the resilient spirit of the American people.”
At least 10 Penn State alumni lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
And many more Penn Staters gave their lives defending the United States in the subsequent Global War on Terrorism.
As an alumnus of Penn State myself, I am grateful that the University has chosen to remember and honor both the victims and heroes of 9/11 and the Global War on Terrorism in this way.
If you’re in town for the game this weekend, or just happen to be strolling down College Avenue, take a look in the direction of Old Main and remember those who gave their lives on 9/11 and in the War on Global Terrorism since, defending our way of life in Happy Valley and across the USA.
The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Centre County honors the service of Pennsylvanians in all branches of the military, from colonial times to the present day Global War on Terrorism.
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is a Penn State owned and operated nature center and aviary, located just 12 miles outside of State College in rural Huntingdon County.
The Arboretum at Penn State is a peaceful oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of Penn State’s main campus in State College.
Hiking Mount Nittany is a rite of passage for Penn Staters and a favored activity of visitors to the State College area.
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