Scripps Remembers September 11

On the first anniversary of September 11, the Scripps College community marked the day with memorial programs, religious services, and personal private moments. The lives that were lost and touched were not forgotten. There were opportunities for quiet reflection and contemplation, including a quiet space provided by the Department of Art and Art History to write, think, and meditate throughout the day. At noon, communities members took part in an interfaith worship service in Bridges Auditorium held by the Interfaith Chaplaincy of Claremont University Consortium. As evening fell, students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the Claremont community, came to Balch Auditorium—some alone, many in small clusters of friends—for a poignant and touching memorial service, with words by Nancy Y. Bekavac and the Reverend Catharine Grier Carlson. As Samuel Barber’s haunting “Adagio for Strings, op.11” played from a recording the names of victims were projected on the auditorium walls. At the program’s conclusion, members of the community silently recessed, took up votive lights, and formed a candlelight procession through campus, ending at Wood Steps. They placed their candles on the cement steps, held hands and embraced, and quietly left.