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Moravian College to Commemorate Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

9-11 MemorialBethlehem, Pa., September 8, 2011--To commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Moravian College will hold a campus-wide event on Sunday evening, September 11, to remember the lives that have been lost, celebrate the survivors, and thank the first responders that helped repair the physical and emotional damage the attack left behind.

The night will begin at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium with a reading of Tribute: 9/11, a play written by Moravian College Theater Director Christopher Shorr in 2002. Students have the opportunity to submit a short passage sharing how September 11 affected their lives and the world in which they live. As part of the performance, a few students will read their messages. The public is welcome to attend.

Shorr hopes the reading will help the audience to find strength to move on from a day that will never be forgotten. “It was my hope that with the production of this play, an audience would be able to find comfort in remembering together—and that by remembering, we would all allow ourselves to begin the process of moving on,” said Shorr.

Following the reading, the audience will be invited outside to group around Moravian’s Memorial Tree, which will be lit with over 3,000 lights to remember the lives lost ten years ago. During this 30-minute candlelit reflection, the audience will be given candles and will participate in a quiet vigil of prayers, music and remarks, including words from President Christopher Thomforde. The tree is located near the the corner of Monocacy and Locust Streets. The public is welcome to attend.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880 at least one week prior to visiting Moravian.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.