Twenty years ago, the Trinity College community, and the world, were devastated by the September 11 attacks that took the lives of 2,977 people. Our community mourned the loss of nearly 3,000 lives that day, including six of our alumni: John C. Hartz ’59, Lindsay C. Herkness III ’65, George E. Spencer III ’73, Richard B. Hall ’74, Stuart T. Meltzer ’90, and Scott M. Johnson ’97.

On Saturday, September 11, Trinity will commemorate those lost in the terrorist attacks with a ceremony from 10:30-11 a.m. in the Chapel. The observance will include an organ meditation by Christopher Houlihan ’09, John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music; prayers and reflection by Trinity Chaplain Marcus Halley; and remarks and a reading of the necrology by President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. The ceremony also will include comments by the Student Government Association leadership and a reading of the Dalai Lama’s “Reflection on September 11.”

Those who cannot attend the ceremony are encouraged to pause and reflect when they hear the carillon at 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:37 a.m., and 10:03 a.m. The times correspond to those of the attacks on the Twin Towers (8:46 a.m. for the North Tower and 9:03 a.m. for the South Tower), the Pentagon (9:37 a.m.), and 10:03 a.m. (the field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania).

For more information about the history of 9/11, please see 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and for biographies of the lives lost, see The New York Times’ 9/11: The Reckoning.