The light of hope
the story. Quivering lips. Furrowed brows. Tear-stained cheeks. All aglow
in candlelight. A year after the tragedies of Sept. 11, the TCU community
again responded with solemn hearts. On a muggy Wednesday evening in front
of Frog Fountain, some 400 students, faculty and staff members gathered
to honor the fallen, sitting in silence, listening, hugging and sobbing.
But mostly, reflecting. "Many of us gathered on this site a year ago,"
Chancellor Michael Ferrari told the crowd. "Tonight, we unite the TCU
community and rededicate ourselves to peace. The candles represent our
determination to light the world with hope and love." The ceremony concluded
a day of tribute. The carillon at Robert Carr Chapel rang to signify the
moment the first of the World Trade Center towers was struck. The Army
ROTC kept watch in front of Sadler Hall, changing guard every half-hour.
Mourners participated in a citywide Sept. 11 ceremony at Sundance Square.
As one student said: "It's ironic that such a catastrophic event can unite
us with such a spirit that canŐt be matched." But Sept. 11 did. And that
spirit still could be seen a year later.