President to speak on Sept. 11
University President James Appleton will be one of several community leaders to speak at the City of Redlands 9/11 10th Anniversary observance at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Redlands Bowl.
"Here in Redlands, and in our region, not only for the world at large, this remembrance should be used as a way to affirm that we in Redlands should seek an intercultural community, where different groups engage each other with united purpose," Appleton said.
"We should seek not a community where differences of culture, religion, or ethnicity are simply tolerated and sometimes sullenly accepted, but a community where difference is an enriching resource that leads us to a fuller understanding of what is universally true… In such a community, these differences are regarded not as dehumanizing stereotypes but as intriguing variations that we seek to understand. In so doing we enlarge both our understanding and our humanity."
Mayor and University alum Pete Aguilar said he is honored to see Redlands commemorate this important day.
"It's important as a community for us to come together and pay tribute to those who were lost on September 11th. I'm proud that so many elected officials and community members have shown their support and are planning to attend this important remembrance."
Fire Chief Jeff Frazier, who was dispatched as a 9/11 first responder, part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search Rescue Team, will also speak.
The event, organized by a committee including University Chaplain John Walsh, will include a tribute to emergency responders and a salute to the members of the armed forces.
A candlelight vigil will be held from 5:46 to 6:03 a.m. Sept. 11 in front of the Memorial Chapel at the University. The public is welcome to attend.