DALLAS TWP. — Over 500 students, faculty and staff carried the American flag around Misericordia University’s campus for seven consecutive hours on Sept. 12.
The feat was part of an annual event called Constant Flag Carry designed to be a quiet but powerful remembrance of when four commercial jet airplanes were hijacked by al-Qaeda, a terrorist group from the Middle East.
Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City; a third crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the fourth crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“We wanted a simple way to remember and reflect,” said Lindsey Riddell, community outreach coordinator at Misericordia University.
The campus community participated in the event which began with a Remembrance Service at 8:30 a.m. in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater that featured prayers, presentation of the American Flag by the Dallas American Legion. U.S. Army Retired Staff Sgt. Earl Granville of Scranton was the guest speaker.
At 9 a.m., Old Glory began its continuous loop around campus, carried by the following groups: lacrosse, swimming, baseball, basketball, cross country, softball and soccer teams; Misericordia University Student Occupational Therapy Association; Physical Therapy Club; National Student Speech Hearing Language Association; Students Now; Alumni Forever; Autism Awareness; Residence Life; Campus Ministry and Misericordia University Post Office.
The Constant Flag Carry concluded at 4 p.m. with a closing ceremony.
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