Fifteen years ago we gathered and mourned. Here we remember 9/11.

On a thick green lawn typically shared by students laughing, tossing Frisbees and footballs on a Friday afternoon, came hundreds of students, faculty, staff and neighbors to pray for those who died or were wounded in the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa. Some wept softly on this, America’s National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. Others stood straight and stoic while a color guard presented the flag. Then-president Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., reminded the wall-to-wall congregation filling Westowne Square to find hope in God’s message as told by the prophet Jeremiah: “I know the plans I have in mind for you — it is Yahweh who speaks — plans for peace, not disaster, reserving a future full of hope for you. Then when you call to me, and come to plead with me, I will listen to you. When you seek me you shall find me.”

Excerpt from “People of Hope,” Marquette Magazine Winter 2002

911_v1The Marquette community lost two alumni in the tragedy:

Daniel Won Heyoung Song, Arts ’90, killed in the terrorist attack on New York City.

Joseph Curseen, Jr., Bus Ad ’80, one of the U.S. Postal Service employees killed by bioterrorism in Washington, D.C.


  1. Great picture. It is wonderful to see the Marquette community come together and pause to remember those who lost their lives on 9-11, as well as all who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom since then in the Global War on Terror.

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