DANVILLE – A group of Danville Area Community College students plan to remember a significant day in American history on Wednesday with a film and discussion about 9/11.
Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s honors organization, invites DACC students and the public to A Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of 9/11.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bremer Theater on DACC’s campus.
The 2006 film, United 93, which chronicles the events of Sept. 11, 2001, will be shown, followed by a group discussion and reflection.
Ashlyn Logue, Phi Theta Kappa president and a DACC nursing student, said she felt it was important to remember and discuss the events of 9/11 with people of different backgrounds and ages.
“The events of 9/11 happened before a lot of us (DACC students) were born or could comprehend what happened,” she said. “The events of 9/11 affected the nation as a whole, and it started a renewing of patriotism.
“We need to speak about it like we do the Holocaust, which affected the world,” the 20-year-old Armstrong native said. “I think it is appropriate for an educational environment like DACC to have this discussion.”
After viewing the nearly two-hour film, Logue said, “We will open the floor so the students and the public can share their 9/11 stories and the stories of where they were.”
Logue, who hatched the idea for a 9/11 Remembrance Day on campus as part of the Phi Theta Kappa’s honors projects, said she hopes the event “gives a little bit of camaraderie and understanding” among the students and community members who attend.
DACC art instructor Ronnie Johnson, who is the Phi Theta Kappa adviser, said some of the group’s past honors projects evolved around veterans, including making and collecting blankets, asking students to write words of encouragement to veterans and inviting a guest speaker to lead a discussion on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“I felt it was successful because of the emotions that it conjured up,” Johnson said of last year’s PTSD discussion. “It was moving and it raised awareness.”
Johnson said he hopes the 9/11 event will be well attended by students and the public alike.
“Some of these students hadn’t been born yet,” he said. “Our hope is some of the history classes will be able to attend.
“We also plan to have a moment of silence – one second for every life lost that day,” he said.
For more information about the event, please contact Johnson at 443-8869.