October 4, 2023

UMW Honors 9/11 Victims

The University of Mary Washington’s Association of Student Veterans paid tribute to the lives lost in the September 11th attacks on Thursday, Sept. 11. The event began at 8 a.m. in front of George Washington Hall with the raising of the American flag and a bugler tribute. A moment of silence was observed throughout campus at 8:46 a.m.   911 commemoration_flagThe Association of Student Veterans extended the opportunity for all members of the UMW community to join in a moment of reflection and remembrance on this 13th anniversary of the attacks on our nation. Organizer Golda Eldridge, who is director of leadership at UMW, said the ceremony provides a chance to “come together and celebrate America’s strength and resilience in the face of this ongoing threat.” “We can remember the lost and recognize the opportunity our nation has to preserve and protect freedom around the world,” said Eldridge. Contact Eldridge at (540) 654-1665 or geldridg@umw.edu for more information.

9/11 Remembrance

9/11 2013 Remembrance Ceremony

9/11 2013 Remembrance Ceremony

Come join the UMW Association of Student Veterans and the entire UMW community as we pause to remember 9/11 and celebrate America’s strength and resilience in the face of terror.  There is a flag raising and bugler at 8 a.m. at the flagpole in front of GW Hall.  All members of the UMW community are also encouraged to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. to remember and reflect.

Human Rights Expert Lisa Hajjar Speaks About 9/11 Trials, Feb. 25

Human rights expert Lisa Hajjar will speak at the University of Mary Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 25 about “the trial of the century.” The lecture, titled “Let’s Go to Guantanamo! An On-the-Ground Perspective on the 9/11 Trial,”  is at 7 p.m. in Monroe Hall, Room 116.Molly Crabapple illustration 2-1 Hajjar’s talk will focus on the military commission trial for Khaled Sheikh Muhammad and four other men accused of responsibility for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a case often referred to as “the trial of the century.” Hajjar’s first-hand perspective focuses on what it is like to go to Guantanamo, and will discuss the issues that this case raises. The government is striving to pursue accountability for 9/11, but justice is complicated by the fact that all five defendants were held for years in secret prisons and tortured by the CIA, and everything surrounding this case is shrouded in secrecy, which severely impedes the legal process. Hajjar will discuss how the military commission system is struggling to contend with these complicated issues in a multi-defendant death penalty case. A professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Hajjar went to Guantanamo three times in 2010 to report on the trial of Omar Khadr, the Canadian “child soldier,” who was transferred to Guantanamo when he was 16. In December 2013, she went to Guantanamo to observe the military commission trial of five 9/11 suspects. The professor’s research and writing focus on law and legality, war and conflict, human rights, and torture. Hajjar is the author of “Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza” (University of California Press, 2005) and “Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights” (Routledge, 2012). She serves on the editorial committees of Middle East Report, Jadaliyya, and Journal of Palestine Studies. She is currently working on a book about U.S. torture and the role of lawyers. In 2014-2015, she will be the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut.

UMW Student Veterans Lead Service to Honor 9/11 Victims

The University of Mary Washington marked the 12th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 and honored those who died with a commemorative flag raising ceremony and moment of silence. The event was organized and led by the members of UMW’s Association of Student Veterans. Members of UMW's ROTC participated in a flag-raising ceremony on September 11, 2013. The event began at 8:30 a.m. with the gathering of UMW students, faculty and staff and for a flag-raising ceremony on Jefferson Square. UMW’s ROTC students raised and lowered the flag, while UMW adjunct faculty instructor Jim Ford played taps . The ceremony was followed by a moment of silence on Ball Circle. “9/11 showed we are vulnerable, not just overseas but here at home,” said Golda Eldridge, director of leadership at UMW’s Center for Honor, Leadership and Service and faculty adviser to the Association of Student Veterans. “We hope everyone will take the opportunity to pause, remember the lost and rededicate ourselves to protecting our ways of life.” Faculty, staff and students gathered for a moment of silence on Ball Circle. Student representatives from the UMW College Republicans and the UMW chapter of Young Americans for Freedom were also in attendance, setting up American flags around Ball Circle. “We’re trying to keep the memory of what happened on that day alive for everybody,” said Max Reinhardt, chairman of the College Republicans. David Helgran, president of the Association of Student Veterans, hopes the association will hold more events on campus in the future. “While memorials and ceremonies don’t reverse the damage done on September 11, they do join us together and allow us as Americans to re-affirm our allegiance to our country and each other,” said Helgran. “This will always remain important because our faith in each other and our camaraderie as a nation is one of the traits that make us so incredibly strong.” UMW’s Association of Student Veterans is dedicated to promoting recognition, appreciation and support for students who are military service members or veterans as well as their families and supporters.