by Geoff Larcom, Published September 06, 2011
Eastern Michigan University will hold a 9/11 memorial event on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2:30 p.m. The memorial event will take place at Pease Park, the site of the University's new 9/11 memorial, which features a 14-foot, 6,800-pound steel beam from the World Trade Center.
Among those taking part in the memorial event are Jelani McGadney, president of Eastern Michigan University Student Government, Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton and U.S. Rep. John Dingell.
Eastern Michigan University acquired the large artifact from the New York Port Authority earlier this summer. Eastern was selected to receive it following a formal request from President Martin. A committee made up of faculty, administration and students were involved in the design of the memorial and in determining an appropriate site.
The memorial is designed to be approachable and able to be touched by all visitors - those from Eastern's campus and those from the community.
Pease Park is located on the south side of Pease Auditorium next to Cross Street on the southeast end of campus. The memorial event will last approximately 30 minutes and is open to the university community and to the general public. There will be free parking in the Pease Auditorium parking lot.
The memorial event will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, please bring an umbrella or wear appropriate clothing.
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