Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Conner Museum hosts memorial ceremony for September 11 fifth anniversary

KINGSVILLE - September 01, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will honor those who lost their lives because of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 as well as our military personnel who have given their lives and been injured defending our country with a memorial ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 11. Held on the grounds of the museum at 905 W. Santa Gertrudis, the theme of the observance is Lest We Forget: 9/11 A Ceremony of Honor.

“ September 11, 2001 was one of the most traumatic events in our nation's history,” said Hal Ham, museum director. “Thousands of people were murdered by fanatics bent on the destruction of the United States of America and all that it stands for. We must not forget.

“Museums are among the repositories of the history of our country and memorializing this tragic event is a valuable and proper purpose for the Conner Museum. As our country ages there have been many events that must not be forgotten, from Washington crossing the Delaware to Pearl Harbor and many others where Americans have sacrificed and died to preserve our liberties. These signal moments need to live on in our memories,” Ham said.

The ceremony will include representatives from local law enforcement, fire and military units, Boy and Girl Scout troops and the Cadets from Perez Elementary School. There will be musical performances by the United States Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector Bagpipe Team and Drs. Christopher Carrillo and Arikka Gregory, assistant music professors.

Also, area churches have been preparing for the memorial service by helping to construct a prayer chain. The names of those who died Sept. 11 were written on strips of construction paper and then connected into one large paper prayer chain, which will be on display during the observance.
In addition to the evening ceremony, the museum staff and the Friends of the Museum will conduct a tree planting ceremony with the help of the Kingsville City Commission at 10:30 a.m. An olive tree will be planted between the museum and Seale Hall with an accompanying stone that reads “Lest We Forget: 9/11.”

For more information, call 361-593-2810.

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