Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
Reporter: Shane Brown
PORTALES – Eastern New Mexico University's Office of Multicultural Affairs is sponsoring a memorial service for the victims of Sept. 11.
The first event will be a flyover of four Cannon Air Force jets between 8-9 a.m. over the ENMU campus on Sept. 11.
The memorial will continue at noon at the Dallan Sanders Memorial Plaza behind the Campus Union Building. The ENMU Band will perform the "Star Spangled Banner," conducted by Dustin Seifert, followed by a a prayer from minister Scott Jarvis, and a moment of silence.
Multi-colored balloons with the names of victims will also be released. "The reason for multi-color, instead of red, white, and blue, is because the whole world was affected, not just the United States," Diana Cordova, coordinator of Multicultural Affairs, said. "The multitude of colors represents different countries," Diana added.
From 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business, a panel of ENMU professors will discuss the events and effects of Sept. 11. The theme for the panel is "September 11, One Year Later." The panelists are: Dr. Sue Strickler, political science; Dr. Glenn McCoy, philosophy; Dr. Suzanne Balch-Lindsay, history; Dr. Linda Gies, history; Dr. Gerald Gies, history; and Dr. Donald Elder, history.
The public is invited to all events.
For more information, contact Diana Cordova at 505-562-4914 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This mural in memory of the victims of Sept. 11 was painted by ENMU students on Main Street, near the VFW Building, in downtown Portales. (photo by Richard Salas)