Tabitha Paez speaking at the Vigil. (Photo by Lee Ferris, Mount Saint Mary College)

by Margaret Torresson

On Thur., Sept. 11, Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) held a Candlelight Peace Vigil as the nation reflected on a day that will never be forgotten.

The vigil began with a performance of the Star Spangled Banner by the MSMC Knight Notes, followed by an introduction read by freshman Kristen Anderson.

“Thousands perished in the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and in the fields of Pennsylvania,” she said.  “In addition to these terrible tragedies, violence, hate, and anger continue to manifest themselves in our world through additional acts of terrorism, violence, and war.”

With these words in mind, the college community united to pray for peace, which is exactly what transpired throughout the vigil.

The readings showcased this common theme of praying for peace and justice.

Dr. Fallon Ph. D, a professor at MSMC, read a beautiful reflection on her perspective of this day. She recalled how she was teaching and heard from her students that a plane had crashed into the Twin Towers. She didn’t want to believe it, but was concerned with keeping her students safe and calm during classes throughout the day.

There was also a video presentation that displayed photos of heroes running in and out of the building, the new memorial that has been put in place of where the Twin Towers stood, and the Freedom Tower.

After the video montage, junior Halley Brenkert read the “Fireman’s Prayer” and prayed for firemen that had passed away that tragic day.

Junior Bradley Moody then read excerpts from an address by Pope Francis that spoke about peace; how it is good and overcomes all things because it belongs to every single person in the world.

The Candlelight Peace Vigil was a beautiful way to reflect on the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and it was touching to see the community come together for it.