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Collegiate 100 Host 9/11 Memorial Service

Collegiate 100 ProgramSeptember 25, 2013 – Members of the Collegiate 100 Chapter of Shaw University hosted a memorial service for the victims of the 9/11 tragedy on Shaw's campus. The service included the “Presentation of Colors” by Shaw’s ROTC, the singing of the “National Anthem” by Stephanie Taylor and speeches from members of the Collegiate 100 Chapter.

Following the playing of “taps,” Collegiate 100 President Kendrick King recalled his memories during September 11th. At the time, King was nine years old and living in Germany with his parents. Although he was not living in the United States, King noted that being an American is what mattered the most and kept the country together during a time of tragedy. “We know that no matter what happens in this city of Raleigh, in Durham, in Florida or all the way across the country in California, we all tie in to each other because we are all Americans,” said King.

Na’eem Wilkins, Vice-President of the Chapter, followed with a speech that recounted the first moments of September 11th when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Wilkins noted that during challenging times, we should use those opportunities for greater good. “Here at Shaw University, we must choose to see challenges as stepping-stones, opportunities that we have encountered along the way for us to use, to "step on" so that we can achieve more, develop further and ultimately realize more of our goals,” said Wilkins. The service concluded with a prayer and balloon release.

The service was dedicated to the men and women who sacrificed their lives during September 11th. It also honored the firefighters and first responders of Engine One Company who serve the University. Members hope to make the service an annual event for the Chapter.