Collegiate 100 Host 9/11 Memorial Service
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.
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.
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.
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.